Nathan Kipp returns for his fourth overall season as goalkeepers coach with the Blue Devils as he takes time away from his coaching position with the Chicago Red Stars of Women’s Professional Soccer.
Kipp was the goalkeeper coach for Duke in 2006, 2007 and 2008 prior to heading to the Red Stars to coach some of the best talent in the world. During his three-year stint with the Blue Devils, Kipp help guide the Blue Devils to the NCAA Sweet 16 and back-to-back Elite Eight appearances for the first time in school history. His goalkeepers amassed 29 shutouts during the three year span.
A four-year letterwinner and 2000 graduate at UNC Greensboro, Kipp played from 1996-99 and was the starting goalkeeper as a junior and senior. He finished his career with 124 saves and a 0.96 goals against average. As a junior, Kipp’s squad registered a 16-2-2 record leading UNCG to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. In addition, he earned 1998 Southern Conference Tournament MVP honors and 1999 All-Southern Conference Tournament team accolades.
A CoSIDA/Academic All-District selection in 1998, Kipp obtained his degree in physics from UNCG. In 2001 and 2002, Kipp served as an assistant coach and goalkeepers coach with UNC Greensboro. He then spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Iona College women’s soccer team before returning to UNC Greensboro in 2005.
Kipp is a native of Gambier, Ohio, and played for the Carolina Dynamo in 2001 and 2002. He went on to capture United Soccer League’s Goalkeeper of the Year honors after leading the league with a 0.87 goals against average in 2002.