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Former Badger Kresge returns to her college roots as an assistant coach

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MADISON, Wis. – A former team captain and standout for the Wisconsin women’s soccer program, Marisa Kresge has been hired as UW’s newest assistant coach, as announced Wednesday by head coach Paula Wilkins.

“We are really excited to add Marisa Kresge to our staff. Her love and passion for the University of Wisconsin, our women’s soccer program and the game of soccer made her an easy pick for our assistant coaching position,” Wilkins said. “Marisa was a part of two Big Ten championship teams here and knows what it will take to continue that success. She is one of the top young coaches in the country and her coaching strength is individual player development.

“Marisa will help players get better when they come to Wisconsin, which will translate to success for the program. Marisa gained a wealth of experience at Illinois State in her time there and we are excited about the new ideas she will bring to the table.”

After graduating from Wisconsin in 2016, Kresge spent one season with Illinois State. She helped the Redbirds to a 14-6-3 record last year.

Additional coaching experience for Kresge includes time with the Verona Soccer Club, where she served as the head bench boss for the Under-11 and U-12 girls' teams, was the assistant coach for the U-11 girls' team and the U-12 boys' team, while also coaching a skills clinic ranging from U-6 to U-15.

“I am extremely excited and very grateful for this opportunity. Words cannot express how thrilled I am to take on this new role,” Kresge said. “To have the opportunity to fulfill a full time role at my alma mater under Paula is truly incredible. This is really a dream come true.

“Being a part of a coaching staff that has had so much success throughout their careers is really special. I am very excited to continue learning from Paula and Tim (Rosenfeld), while also bringing new ideas to the program.”

Kresge earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, physical education and adapted physical education during her time as a student-athlete at Wisconsin, where she competed three years for the Badgers.

The Severna Park, Maryland, native started 19 of the 20 matches during her senior season and was the team captain while earning Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second year in a row.

Academically, Kresge was named to the UW-Madison School of Education Dean's List in 2014 and to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2011. She was also the recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2013 and a member of the Leadership Group at Wisconsin in 2015.

With Kresge on the squad, that Badgers had two of the most successful seasons in program history, claiming the Big Ten tournament title in 2014 and the league’s regular season crown in 2015. Kresge finished her career with seven goals, including one game-winning goal and a pair of assists.

“I am really looking forward to being a part of furthering the success at Wisconsin,” Kresge added. “I cannot wait for the fall season to begin and to start the journey with the team in my new role.”

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