Annette Stromberg enters her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Grand Valley State women's soccer team in 2019. She served two additional seasons as a graduate assistant coach before assuming the assistant role. Stromberg has been a part of two National Championship teams and made four appearances in the championship match with the Lakers.
Stromberg is heavily involved in the coordination of youth camps at GVSU throughout the year while also specializing with the goalkeepers. The Lakers allowed just one goal in conference play all season and posted a goals-against-average of .344, the third-best mark in Division II, all while posting a shutout percentage of .769, the second-best mark in Division II. Jennifer Steinaway posted a 23-2-1 record in goal for the Lakers, compiling 15 clean sheets under Stromberg's tutelage.
GVSU advanced to a fourth straight NCAA Division II National Championship game, won their eighth straight Midwest Regional Championship, a 12th straight GLIAC Regular season title and a 10th straight GLIAC Tournament title.
Continuing her work with the GVSU goalkeepers in the 2015 season, Stromberg guided freshman Emily Maresh to a stellar first season, posting a 19-1-1 record with 13 solo shutouts. Maresh finished the season ranked eighth national in goals against average (.476) and 10th in save percentage (.873). Maresh was named to the D2CAA All-Region First Team as well as the NSCAA Midwest Region Third Team, and earned a spot on the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team for her dominant effort in the semifinal and championship game, with the latter being a shutout. Under Stromberg’s tutelage, Maresh led all GLIAC goalkeepers in goals against average (.52), was second in save percentage (.857) and tied for second in goals allowed, with just 11 in 21 games.
Stromberg worked primarily with the GVSU goalkeepers in 2014, helping Andrea Strauss rank eighth nationally in goals against average (0.423). Strauss also etched her name into the Laker career record books, recording the fourth-lowest goals against average (0.41), fourth-highest save percentage (.883), tying for the fourth-most solo shutouts (16), posting the fifth-most wins (22) and eighth-most saves (83) in program history. Stromberg's efforts helped Strauss earn Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team, Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the NCAA Tournament, All-NCAA Tournament Team, All-GLIAC Honorable Mention and Capital One Academic All-American honors as well.
Prior to her arrival in Allendale, Stromberg was an assistant coach at Alma College under current Grand Valley State head coach Jeff Hosler for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Since the conclusion of her playing career, Stromberg earned a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Level 2 Goalkeeping License, United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "D" License and a USYSA National Youth License.
The North Muskegon High School product was also a staff coach with the TNT Dynamite Soccer Club and an evaluator for Michigan's ODP. In 2012-13, she helped the '99 girls club team reach the State Cup Final.
Prior to the start of her coaching career, she was a four-year varsity midfielder at Alma. During her time with the Scots, Stromberg played in 82 games and tallied 30 points.
As a sophomore in 2010, Stromberg helped Alma capture its first-ever Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular season title. The following season, she guided the Scots to the 2011 MIAA Tournament crown and the program's only NCAA Tournament berth.
Stromberg earned a bachelor's degree in integrative physiology and health science with a minor in chemistry.
Megan Link enters her first season as an assistant in 2019. She joins the GVSU staff after four seasons as the head coach at Southwest Baptist University; an NCAA Division II institution competing in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).
Her Bearcats compiled a team GPA of 3.5 or higher in all four seasons while she helped produce two United Soccer Coaches All-Region players, 16 All-MIAA honorees, two CoSIDA Academic All-District first team members and led her team to a Top-25 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches national poll.
Link was a standout goalkeeper for the Bearcats as a player, serving as a four-year starter before continuing her playing career professionally as the starting keeper for Afturlding Football Club in the Icelandic Premier League. Megan returned state-side in 2014 to begin coaching where she served as a goalkeeper coach for the Missouri Youth Soccer Association and ODP soccer for one year before joining the staff at Quincy University as the assistant coach.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
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Volunteer Assistant Coach
Dustin Smith begins his first season as a volunteer assistant with the Lakers in 2019 after nine seasons at Florida Tech, a Division II program in the Sunshine State Conference. He served his final four seasons as head coach after five in an assistant role. As a head coach, he led the Panthers to a 30-19-5 overall record and the first conference championship in school history in 2017. His Panthers would rank as high as No. 8 in the nation as they earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
As the assistant at Florida Tech, Smith helped the Panthers to three NCAA Tournaments, including a run to the Final Four in 2010. During his tenure in Florida, Smith has also held head coaching positions with various youth soccer clubs. Prior to reaching the Sunshine State, Smith spent two seasons as an assistant at Coastal Carolina University.
He would also play for the local Myrtle Beach Sea Dawgs of the U.S.S.L. during that time after completing his four-year collegiate playing career at Charleston Southern in 1998, where he was an All-Conference honoree to help the Buccaneers to an NCAA Tournament appearance.