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Knox College

Knox College Athletics
2 East South Street Galesburg, IL 614014999
Division 3 Illinois Midwest
Private Small Competitive team

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Taylor Houck

Houck was hired in March of 2019 to lead the women's soccer program. In the 2019 season, Houck led the Prairie Fire program to their fourth consecutive Midwest Conference Championship. Houck had four First Team All-MWC members, one Second Team All-MWC members and one Scholar-All Region. In addition, in 2019 Houck lead two members to individual awards. Senior, Annie Peterson, earned MWC Defensive Player of the Year and first year, Jenna Li, earned MWC Newcomer of the Year.


Houck most recently was the head women's soccer coach at Caltech in Pasadena, California. She built the program from the ground up with the Beavers beginning play during the 2017 season.


Prior to Caltech, Houck was an assistant coach at Oberlin College in Ohio for three seasons. The team improved from 1-15-1 in 2012 to 10-8-0 in 2014.


Houck was a two-time Big East All-Conference selection while playing at Villanova University. She was the team MVP, captain, and a four-time selection to the Big East All-Academic Team.


Upon graduation, Houck played professional soccer in Finland for Pallokissat for one season and holds a USSF "E" National License, and an NSCAA Goalkeeper Levels 1, 2, and 3 diploma.


Houck earned her bachelor of arts in Sociology at Villanova and is currently pursuing a master of education in Positive Coaching from the University of Missouri.

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Annie Gerdes

Gerdes joined the women's soccer staff in the summer of 2019 after her career as a goalkeeper for the Prairie Fire. In the 2019 season, Gerdes assisted Houck to lead the Prairie Fire program to their fourth consecutive Midwest Conference Championship. Houck and Gerdes had four First Team All-MWC members, one Second Team All-MWC members and one Scholar-All Region.


Gerdes was also named Associate Sports Information Director in October 2020 after a year as the Assistant Sports Information Director.


Gerdes was a three-year Prairie Fire athlete. She was a member of the 3-time MWC Championship team and made two appearances in the NCAA Championship tournament.


Gerdes works with a non-profit organization outside of Knox College called ForeverU. ForeverU is a youth development organization that empowers youth to overcome adversity.


Gerdes earned her B.S. in Psychology from Knox in June of 2019. Currently, Gerdes is pursuing her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University. Upon graduation Gerdes earned her NSCAA Goalkeeper 1 Diploma, United Soccer Coaches Sports Psychology and Individual Mental Skills Diploma, and USSF 11v11 Grassroots License.

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