Kristina Nasturzio, a three-time collegiate All-America honoree, has been named as a graduate assistant coach on the Ferris State University women's soccer coaching staff in an announcement made by FSU fourth-year head coach Neathan Gibson.
"Kristina is a welcome addition to our staff and she already has made a significant impact on the young goalkeepers within the state," said Gibson. "Kristina will be of great benefit to our incoming goalkeepers and I'm excited for them to get the instruction they need.
"Kristina is very professional in her work ethic. She just finished running the goalkeeper side of our camp in which she did a fantastic job of putting the players through some tough workouts," added Gibson.
Besides coaching Ferris State's goalkeepers, Nasturzio will also assist the Bulldog women's soccer program with recruiting and administrative duties.
Nasturzio arrives to Ferris State from fellow Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member Grand Valley State where she earned Daktronics, Inc. All-America First-Team honors in three (2006-08) consecutive seasons under current head coach Dave DiIanni. She also was a three-time (2005-08) first-team All-GLIAC netminder during her four-year (2005-08) collegiate career. Nasturzio was part of a 2008 GVSU senior class which compiled an 81-7-2 overall record (.911 winning pct.).
In the 2008 season, Nasturzio was a primary player in leading Grand Valley State to a NCAA Division II single-season record 19 shutouts. Individually, she registered 15 solo shutouts to rank fourth-best ever in Division II history. During the 2008 season, she posted a consecutive shutout streak of 880:01 minutes, which represented the fifth-best streak in NCAA-II history. Nasturzio concluded the 2008 campaign leading the nation in goals-against average (0.23) while ranking second in save percentage (.912). She was chosen as the GLIAC Women's Soccer of the Week (Sept. 8) and played an integral role in the Lakers earning a number-one national ranking. Following the season, Nasturzio was named to the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-Midwest Region Second Team.
Nasturzio concluded the 2007 campaign ranking second nationally in goals-against average (.367) and sixth in save percentage (.881) as a 23-game starter. She was a repeat performer on the Daktronics, Inc., All-America First Team and All-Region First Team. The Laker goalkeeper also earned a spot on the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second-Team squad.
As a sophomore in 2006, Nasturzio not only received Daktronics, Inc., All-America First-Team laurels but also earned NCSAA/Adidas All-Great Lakes Region First-Team and NCAA-II All-Tournament accolades. The 22-game starter helped GVSU make its first-ever NCAA-II National Championship match appearance in the program's history as the Lakers suffered a 1-0 overtime loss in the title contest. She wrapped up the year ranking second nationally with a 0.39 goals-against-average and a 10th-place .897 save percentage.
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Nasturzio graduated from Cawthra Park High School. She played for the Erin Mills club team under coach Joe Corapi which were Ontario Cup semifinalists and OISL finalists.
Nasturzio, the daughter of Claudio and Dianne Nasturzio, is presently pursuing her master's degree in criminal justice from Ferris State.