Coaching Staff

Erica Demers

Erica Demers

Assistant Coach

Erica Demers is in her first season as an assistant coach with the University of Iowa soccer program.

Demers joins the Hawkeyes after spending the past nine seasons with UI head coach Dave DiIanni at Grand Valley State, the last two as associate head coach. She helped the Lakers post a 189-12-17 record, capture three NCAA Division II national titles, win nine-straight GLIAC championships and nine NCAA regional championships.

Under Demers' offensive tutelage, Grand Valley State became one of the best offensive programs in the nation. The team set program scoring records in six-straight seasons, including a school-best 92 goals in 2010.

Demers was instrumental in the development of All-America forward Katy Tafler, who holds the top spot in the GVSU record books with 269 points (114 goals, 41 assists) -- a total that ranks third in NCAA history. She also coached five GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year selections.

In addition to her coaching duties, Demers served as the school's recruiting coordinator, camps coordinator and instructor, strength and conditioning coach, and fundraising director. She also was instrumental in the team's academic success, as she coached two Academic All-American of the Year honorees, eight Academic All-Americans, one Elite 88 Award winner and more than 40 athletes to GLIAC All-Academic honors during her tenure.

Demers began her coaching career at The Citadel, where she served one season as a graduate assistant.

As a student-athlete, Demers played four years of Division I soccer at Oakland University, where she led the Grizzlies to four-straight conference tournament titles and three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. She was a two-time first-team Mid-Continent Conference selection and was Mid-Con Player of the Year in 2002. She ended her career with 55 points on 15 goals and 25 assists.

Demers played for the Canadian U-21 National Team Pool and was part of the Canadian National Championship team in 2000. In 1997-98, she played for the National Training Centre team and was a member of the Ontario Provincial Team for five years.

The Welland, Ontario, Canada, native graduated from Oakland with a bachelor of science in health science in 2004 and earned her master's degree in education from Grand Valley State in 2009.

Julie Hanley

Julie Hanley

Assistant Coach

Julie Hanley is entering her third season as an assistant coach with the University of Iowa soccer program.

In two seasons with the program, Hanley has guided the Hawkeyes to two of the top win totals in school history. Iowa has amassed 27 victories and qualified for consecutive Big Ten Tournaments.

In 2013, Hanley helped Iowa to its best season in program history, which culminated with its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes finished the year with a 15-7-1 record, the most victories all-time.

After tying for fifth place in the Big Ten regular season standings, the Hawkeyes posted the first two postseason victories in program history at the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 8 seed. Iowa posted back-to-back shutouts over No. 7 Michigan and No. 20 Penn State before dropping a 1-0 decision to No. 18 Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.

The Hawkeyes earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, where it dropped a road game at No. 23 Notre Dame, 4-1. Iowa went 3-4 against ranked competition in 2013 -- the most such wins in school history. The triumph over No. 7 Michigan was the highest ranked foe a Hawkeye team has defeated all-time.

Iowa's defense thrived under Hanley's tutelage, as sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Clark posted 10 shutouts -- an Iowa team and individual school-record. Clark finished the season ranking second in the Big Ten in shutouts and goals against average, while the Hawkeyes were fourth in goals allowed.

In Hanley's first season in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes finished with a 12-6-3 record in 2012, tying the school-record for wins. Iowa went undefeated in nonconference play and qualified for the Big Ten Tournament.

Hanley coached Iowa's goalkeeper rotation that earned four weekly conference awards. Iowa ranked third in the Big Ten in goals allowed, goals against average, saves and shutouts. Both of Iowa's goalkeepers ranked within the top-three of the league in save percentage as well as top-five in goals against average.

Hanley joined the Iowa coaching staff after serving as a graduate assistant at Illinois State for two seasons. She was responsible for training and developing goalkeepers, while also assisting with defenders. Hanley was active in recruiting, organizing team travel and assisted in numerous administrative activities within the soccer program.

In her two seasons at Illinois State, the Redbirds posted a 22-13-2 record, including a Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship, State Farm MVC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2011. Hanley was a member of the 2011 MVC Coaching Staff of the Year and mentored the 2011 MVC Defensive Player of the Year. The Redbirds also defeated 10th-ranked Milwaukee, 3-1, in 2011, marking the program's first-ever win over a top-10 opponent.

Hanley was a goalkeeper at the University of Kansas from 2005-09, serving as team captain in her final two seasons. She ranks second in career wins, shutouts and goals against average in KU history. She was two-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection and earned four weekly conference and TopDrawerSoccer.com awards in her career.

After finishing her eligibility at Kansas, Hanley remained in the program as an intern. She maintained and updated recruiting programs while organizing practices and game files. Hanley was a member of the Dynamo F.C. club prior to her collegiate career, leading the team to a pair of Indiana state championships.

Hanley earned her bachelor of arts in sports management and a minor in business from Kansas in May, 2010. She earned her master's of science degree in kinesiology and recreation and recreation administration from Illinois State in May, 2012.