Young was a NCAA Division III goalkeeper at Grinnell College in Iowa, and was also an assistant coach for the Pioneers.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department announced the addition of Jordan Young as assistant soccer and assistant softball coach. Young was a NCAA Division III goalkeeper at Grinnell College in Iowa, and was also an assistant coach for the Pioneers. In addition, Young has previously volunteered as a coach at Cedar Falls High School and for the Thief River Falls Soccer Association.

    “Jordan caught my eye because we both share the same passion for athletic development through training and nutrition,” said softball Head Coach Travis Owen. “She is eager to help and most importantly to me, is a high character person who leads by example.  I am confident in Jordan's ability to improve our athletes due to her extensive background both in athletics herself, as well as her schooling.  We are excited to have her on board!”

    “I am excited to have Jordan on staff this year,” said soccer coach Joe Alianiello. “Her playing and coaching experience at Grinnell will serve us well.  I look forward to working with her and collaborating on a successful 2018 season.”

    On the soccer pitch, Young played four years for Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. As a senior, Young started all 19 games and posted a 1.14 goals against average with 42 saves. Young was a three-year starter for the Pioneers. As a junior, she notched a 1.73 goals against average with 36 saves, while she put up a 1.22 goals against average with 66 saves.

    Following her graduation from Grinnell, she served as an assistant coach for the Pioneers, helping the squad to a 10-8-1 mark during the 2014 season. While working as a volunteer assistant, Young designed, coordinated, and implemented goalkeeping training and also facilitated the team’s strength and conditioning plan. She also supported the head coach in practice planning and travel arrangements.

    Young recently had a change of trajectory in her career after serving as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 2016-18. During that time, she has also served as a CrossFit coach for CrossFit Great North. Young has also served as a kickboxing and boot camp instructor for Next Level Extreme Fitness and served as a graduate assistant in the biology department at the University of Northern Iowa.

    Young received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Grinnell College in 2014 after posting a 3.83 GPA. Young was an All-Academic honoree while playing soccer for the Pioneers. She received her Master of Science in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa in 2016 after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA. Young is also a certified USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach. Young resides in Thief River Falls, Minn. She is originally from Maplewood, Minn.