Kristie Braunston begins her third season with the Golden Hurricane women's soccer team, but the 2007 campaign marks her second as associate head coach. She was an assistant coach during her first season at TU in 2005.
Braunston, who has nine years of collegiate coaching experience, is responsible for goalkeeper instruction, recruiting and assisting with other aspects of the program.
In 2006, Braunston coached junior goalkeeper Meredith Hart to a 1.16 goals-against average, the best since Amy Stillings (1996-98) 1.01 GAA in 1997. Hart owns a career 1.34 GAA for sixth on the school's career list, as well as 12 shutouts and 174 saves, both ranked as the fourth-best in school history.
During her first season with Tulsa in 2005, Braunston had an immediate impact with TU's goalkeepers. The Golden Hurricane amassed nine shutouts, one short of the school single season record, and the team's goals-against average also improved to 1.36. The Hurricane completed the season with a 9-9-2 overall record.
Braunston, 31, came to Tulsa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she spent four seasons as an assistant coach. During her tenure, she helped the Badgers register a four-year record of 44-35-9, a Big Ten Tournament runner-up finish in 2002 and a pair of NCAA Tournament second round appearances in 2002 and 2004. In 2004, Wisconsin finished 16-6-1 and fell to eventual national champion, Notre Dame, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to her stint at Wisconsin, Braunston served as a graduate assistant coach at TCU for two seasons (August 1999 to August 2001). Before that, she was an assistant coach for the LSU women's soccer program for one year (1998-99).
As a collegiate player, Braunston played one season at George Mason University and then transferred to Vanderbilt, where she was a three-year starter from 1995-97, and was selected to the Southeastern Conference all-tournament team in 1997. A member of the Dean's List, Braunston was an Academic All-SEC selection and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Board at Vanderbilt.
In 1996 and 1997, she started at outside midfield for the U.S. Soccer Festival South Team. Braunston played for the Texas Odyssey in the United Soccer League's W-League in 2001.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Braunston earned her master's degree in business administration from TCU in 2001. She is a 1998 graduate of Vanderbilt with a bachelor's degree in human and organizational development and a minor in business.
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