Julie Hanley is entering her fourth season as an assistant coach with the University of Iowa soccer program.
In three seasons with the program, Hanley has guided the Hawkeyes to three of the top win totals in school history. Iowa has amassed 41 victories, advanced to one NCAA Tournament, three Big Ten Tournaments, and made two Big Ten Tournament title game appearances.
In 2014, Hanley helped lead Iowa to a 14-7-1 overall and a 7-5-1 Big Ten record to notch the program's third top-five league finish since 2011. The seven Big Ten victories tied the program record for Big Ten wins in a single season and the 14 wins were the second-most in school history.
After entering the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 5 seed, Iowa posted victories over No. 23 Rutgers and Northwestern to advance to the tournament championship game for a second straight season. Two seniors -- Cloe Lacasse and Melanie Pickert -- capped their Hawkeye careers with first-team All-Big Ten and first-team all-region honors. They were the first pair in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors in the same season and the first two players to garner first-team all-region recognition.
Defensively, the Hawkeyes finished 2014 with a school-record 14 shutouts -- its second-straight season breaking the record -- in 22 games to rank 20th nationally with a .545 shutout percentage. Iowa's defense was also in the top-35 in the country in saves percentage (31st, .838) and goals against average (35th, .754).
Academically, the Hawkeyes garnered the NSCAA Team Academic Award for an eighth straight season and nine soccer student-athletes garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors. Seniors Caitlin Brown and Emily Scott were also received Scholar All-Region recognition.
In 2013, Hanley helped Iowa to its best season in program history, which culminated with its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes finished the year with a 15-7-1 record, the most victories all-time.
After tying for fifth place in the Big Ten regular season standings, the Hawkeyes posted the first two postseason victories in program history at the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 8 seed. Iowa posted back-to-back shutouts over No. 7 Michigan and No. 20 Penn State before dropping a 1-0 decision to No. 18 Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
The Hawkeyes earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, where it dropped a road game at No. 23 Notre Dame, 4-1. Iowa went 3-4 against ranked competition in 2013 -- the most such wins in school history. The triumph over No. 7 Michigan was the highest ranked foe a Hawkeye team has defeated all-time.
Iowa's defense thrived under Hanley's tutelage, as sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Clark posted 10 shutouts -- an Iowa team and individual school-record. Clark finished the season ranking second in the Big Ten in shutouts and goals against average, while the Hawkeyes were fourth in goals allowed.
In Hanley's first season in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes finished with a 12-6-3 record in 2012, tying the school-record for wins. Iowa went undefeated in nonconference play and qualified for the Big Ten Tournament.
Hanley coached Iowa's goalkeeper rotation that earned four weekly conference awards. Iowa ranked third in the Big Ten in goals allowed, goals against average, saves and shutouts. Both of Iowa's goalkeepers ranked within the top-three of the league in save percentage as well as top-five in goals against average.
Hanley joined the Iowa coaching staff after serving as a graduate assistant at Illinois State for two seasons. She was responsible for training and developing goalkeepers, while also assisting with defenders. Hanley was active in recruiting, organizing team travel and assisted in numerous administrative activities within the soccer program.
In her two seasons at Illinois State, the Redbirds posted a 22-13-2 record, including a Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship, State Farm MVC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2011. Hanley was a member of the 2011 MVC Coaching Staff of the Year and mentored the 2011 MVC Defensive Player of the Year. The Redbirds also defeated 10th-ranked Milwaukee, 3-1, in 2011, marking the program's first-ever win over a top-10 opponent.
Hanley was a goalkeeper at the University of Kansas from 2005-09, serving as team captain in her final three seasons. She ranks second in career wins, shutouts and goals against average in KU history. She was two-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection and earned four weekly conference and TopDrawerSoccer.com awards in her career.
After finishing her eligibility at Kansas, Hanley remained in the program as an intern. She maintained and updated recruiting programs while organizing practices and game files. Hanley was a member of the Dynamo F.C. club prior to her collegiate career, leading the team to a pair of Indiana state championships.
Hanley earned her bachelor of arts in sports management and a minor in business from Kansas in May, 2010. She earned her master's of science degree in kinesiology and recreation and recreation administration from Illinois State in May, 2012.