Kester to lead Northern Illinois women

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Kim Kester has been named head women’s golf coach at Northern Illinois. Kester replaces Pam Tyskia, who retired at the end of last season, her 26th at the helm of the Huskie program.

Kester spent the past three seasons as a graduate assistant for the Toledo women’s team, her alma mater. During that time, she helped guide the Rockets to a third-place finish at the 2010 and ’12 Mid-American Conference Championships. Kester also served as an academic coordinator and recruiting assistant during that time.

Prior to her time at Toledo, Kester spent a year as the head girls golf coach at Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Mich.

“I’m very excited,” Kester said. “I come from the MAC, having been at Toledo the last three years, so I am very familiar with the Northern Illinois golf program. I’m ready to take the team to the next level.

“The MAC is a strong conference and it’s a good conference. There is a lot of talent [in the league] and the schedule everybody plays is pretty competitive.”

Kester graduated from Toledo in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure studies, and received her master’s degree in special education in 2011. As a player, Kester set the single-season scoring average – 76.5.

–Information from Northern Illinois Athletics used in this report.

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