Karin Nordin started her journey in the US as a regular international student interested to take a year abroad to find her area of study at Santa Barbara City College. Prior to moving to the US, she had played as a goalkeeper for Sundsvalls Damfotbolls Förening in Elitettan and thought her days of playing were over. Randomly found and recruited by the head coach, she got a starting position in the Women’s soccer team.
Karin Nordin started her journey in the US as a regular international student interested to take a year abroad to find her area of study at Santa Barbara City College. Prior to moving to the US, she had played as a goalkeeper for Sundsvalls Damfotbolls Förening in Elitettan and thought her days of playing were over. Randomly found and recruited by the head coach, she got a starting position in the Women’s soccer team. One year playing and two years as a student, Karin earned the President’s Academic Honor roll all years, Vice President in Phi Theta Kappa, CCCAA All-Academic first team, First-Team All-WSC, the Louise Lowry Inspirational and Leadership Award, and two transfer Associate Degree’s in Marketing and Communication.
Thereafter, by reaching out to several coaches and attended several tryouts at different universities around California she received a scholarship at San Francisco State University for the women’s soccer team. Due to her extended time playing in Sweden, she was only able to play two seasons in the US which meant one season at SBCC, and her last season at SFSU. At SFSU, she received the CCAA Academic All-State Squad Honoree, the Athletic Directors Honor Roll, SF State Athletes Award- Most inspirational player, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Shortly, after her last season, she became an assistant coach for SF State and simultaneously started to coach club soccer on the side as the head coach. Prior to graduating SF State, Karin played in the WSPL for Des Moines Menace in Iowa and worked for One Soccer Schools two summers coaching soccer all over the US.
Digging deeper in her interest in coaching, Karin was granted a Graduate Assistant position at Rutgers-Newark and started her Masters (MS) in Global Affairs. She worked two years as an assistant coach meanwhile studying in New Jersey and helped change the program’s success through recruiting and coaching. After graduating from her master’s, she was offered first assistant coach at SBCC for the women’s and goalkeeper coach for the men, and the full-time job as the Athletic Program Assistant at Santa Barbara City College. Right before COVID hit, she began coaching as the first assistant at the WSPL team Alta Cal Sol.
Throughout her eight years in the US, Karin has experienced life as a student-athlete, coached student-athletes, recruited student-athletes, and coached club players in the US. Nevertheless, has she guided student-athletes academically and athletically consistently during her years overseas.
“My journey in the US has been different than many other student-athletes. Which has given me greater perspectives on what opportunities are available and what obstacles are not solvable. Overall, the thing closest to my heart are all the players of all ages that I have coached or helped over my years in the US. Watching them grow or reach their dreams as players, individuals, or students is the reason why I ended up staying in the US for eight years. If I could redo my journey, I would have taken help early to have the opportunity to play soccer for four years in the US. Perhaps won some titles along the way.”
FAVORITE PLACE IN THE USA:
Trader Joe’s (grocery store)
FAVORITE FORMER COLLEGE ATHLETE:
Ashlyn Harris, University of North Carolina (GK Orlando Pride, NWSL)
“Nothing I ever did, I expected to do” – Iris Apfel