Monmouth University head women's soccer coach Krissy Turner announced the appointment of former Northwestern University starting center back Ali Rubnitz as an assistant coach with the Hawks prior to the 2015 season.
"Ali has a vibrant personality and is very motivated to make a positive contribution to our program,” Turner stated at the time of her hiring. “Ali’s playing experience at Northwestern and overseas will allow her to make an immediate impact with our players.”
Rubnitz is now starting her second season with the Hawks. Her first season in West Long Branch was a successful one for the Hawks, which saw the team capture the MAAC Regular Season Championship after posting a 9-1 conference mark. In addition, nine Monmouth players earned All-MAAC honors, including Offensive Player of the Year Alexis McTamney.
In 2014, while pursuing a Master's Degree in Business Management - Entrepreneurship at Durham University in Durham, United Kingdom, the Los Gatos, California native was a starting player and assistant coach for the 2015 BUCS National Champions, and a team that was the runner-up in the Futsal National Championship.
Rubnitz had also been active in the club scene while in New York City and was appointed Girls' Technical Director of Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC) before starting her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at St. Bonaventure University.
Following her four years at Northwestern, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Psychology, with a minor in Business Administration, Rubnitz trained with various professional soccer teams in Denmark, Norway and Finland, before heading to the coaching ranks.
Rubnitz, the 2009 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner, Team Defensive MVP and a four-time member of the Academic All-Big Ten Team, started 45 of 52 matches during her tenure in Evanston (due to injury). She was also the recipient of the James J. Progar Athletic Scholarship (for inspiration, leadership and allegiance to NU) and the Iron Cat Award, given to superior fitness and training amongst NU athletes.
Rubnitz holds the following licenses - USSF National D License (March 2014) and USSF National E License (June 2013), and is currently pursuing her USSF National C this season.