UIC Women's Soccer Adds Two Assistant Coaches

Forbes was a standout goalie for Milwaukee.
Forbes was a standout goalie for Milwaukee.

Feb. 18, 2014

CHICAGO – UIC head women’s soccer coach Brian Rigby recently announced the hiring of Julie Colhoff and Jamie Forbes as assistant women’s soccer coaches.  The duo joins Rigby and the newly-formed women’s soccer program before varsity competition begins in August of 2014.  UIC Athletics announced the addition of women’s soccer in November of 2012 with the hiring of Rigby.  Colhoff and Forbes each played four seasons in the Horizon League and have achieved tremendous success on the field. 

“With the addition of Julie and Jamie, our technical staff is now complete,” said Rigby.  “We can now continue to guide and shape our program and put the final pieces together in preparation for our first season this fall.  Julie and Jamie's diverse experiences and accomplishments, along with their knowledge and understanding of the Horizon League will benefit our program tremendously.”

Colhoff comes to UIC from Lewis University where she spent the past three seasons as the assistant women’s soccer coach.  She helped usher in unprecedented success for the Flyers, posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 19 years and guiding Lewis to its first 10-win season in 1997.  Colhoff mentored five players who were named to the Great Lakes Valley All-Conference team and helped one player garner NSCAA All-Region honors.

Colhoff received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from then-Horizon League school Loyola-Chicago.  She was a four-year starter at center-back for the Ramblers, a two-time All-Conference selection and helped Loyola capture two League tournament titles in 2006 and 2007.  The Ramblers won the Horizon League regular season title in 2008 as Colhoff garnered All-Tournament team honors in 2008 and 2009.  She finished her career third all-time in matches played and helped set a program record for most shutouts in one season with 11 in 2007. 



The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native earned several distinctions off the field as well.   She is a four-time Dean’s List and Loyola All-Academic Team honoree.  Colhoff collected All-Horizon League Academic honors on three occasions and was named NSCAA Academic All-District Honorable Mention.  This past May, she received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis.

Forbes joins the Flames after a decorated four seasons at fellow Horizon League school Milwaukee.  She started three years in goal for the Panthers and concluded her career ranking second in all-time minutes played, wins and shutouts.  Her 27 career shutouts also rank second in Horizon League history.  In 2011, Forbes was named the League’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year.  During her time in Milwaukee, Forbes participated in four NCAA tournaments, winning the Horizon League regular season all four seasons.

The St. Charles, Ill., native earned her Bachelor’s degree from UWM in Information Science and Technology in December of 2013.  Since 2005, Forbes has been working with numerous youth academies and soccer clubs, including Northwestern Girls Soccer Academy, Milwaukee Soccer Academy, Eclipse Select Soccer and UIC Women’s Soccer Camp.