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Coaching Jan 20, 2020

Northwestern University women’s soccer adds Morgan Ruhl to coaching staff

EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern University women’s soccer head coach Michael Moynihan announced that Morgan Ruhl will join the coaching staff for the 2020-21 season as an assistant coach.

Ruhl previously served at Loyola Maryland as an assistant from 2015 to 2019, working closely with the goalkeepers.

“We are very excited to have Morgan joining our women’s soccer staff,” Moynihan said. “This was a massive nationwide search and the position drew over 200 applicants. In the end, we couldn’t be more pleased with the fit we found for our program in Morgan. I was extremely impressed with her attention to detail, and I know our student athletes will benefit from her observations and instruction, particularly our goalkeepers.”

“She is also driven, curious, optimistic and positive, and really exemplifies the values we try to live by day to day in our program,” Moynihan continued.  “Strong work ethic, life-long learning, servant leadership – it has all come through loud and clear as we got to know her and we can’t wait to get her started with us!”

As a goalkeeper, Ruhl was ranked in the ESPNHS Top 150 and Top Drawer Soccer Top 100 for the Class of 2012 out of the McDonogh School in Owing Mills, Maryland after playing at the highest club and prep levels. She was a member of the U.S. National Team and RegionaI pools for three years during her high school campaign, in addition to being an Adidas ESP Golden Glove recipient.

A Monkton, Maryland native, Ruhl was a top recruit from McDonogh where she earned All-State, All-Metro and All-Conference honors. She continued her to play soccer at  Louisiana State University, until her career as a player was cut short due to injury.

Ruhl continued with the program as an undergraduate assistant coach at LSU, mostly working with the goalkeepers. She also served as a youth coach at the Baton Rouge Soccer Club and was a goalkeeper coach at the Capital City United Youth Club throughout college.

In her first year with Loyola, Ruhl worked as a volunteer assistant coach with the goalkeepers who allowed only 17 goals in 16 games. All the more impressive considering the goalkeepers had played less than 110 minutes of collegiate soccer prior to the season. The next season she was promoted to an assistant coach for the Greyhounds.

She currently works with Academy One as a Goalkeeping Director and with the Baltimore Armour Development Academy as both Director of Goalkeeping and as an assistant coach. Ruhl graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Special Education.