A former team captain and standout for the University of Wisconsin women's soccer program, Marisa Kresge will return to the Badgers as a volunteer assistant coach, head coach Paula Wilkins announced earlier this month.
Kresge is an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education, having earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and adapted physical education from the Department of Kinesiology during her time as a student-athlete, when she competed three years for the Badgers.
"We are really excited to have Marisa back at Wisconsin. She joins us after gaining a lot of experience being a volunteer assistant coach at Illinois State," Wilkins said. "The one thing that Marisa brings to this program is her love of soccer and knowledge. She brings so many new ideas that are going to help spur us to make the program better.
"Her passion for Wisconsin to be successful is driven by her history with the program and that in itself elevates training and even stuff in the office. We are so excited to have her back and expect big things from her."
After graduating from Wisconsin in 2016, Kresge spent one season with Illinois State. She helped the Redbirds to a 14-6-3 record last year.
Additional coaching experience for Kresge includes time with the Verona Soccer Club, where she served as the head bench boss for the U-11 and U-12 girls' teams, was the assistant coach for the U-11 girls' team and the U-12 boys' team, while also coaching a skills clinic ranging from U-6 to U-15.
The Severna Park, Maryland, native started 19 of the 20 matches during her senior season and was the team captain while earning Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second year in a row.
Academically, Kresge was named to the UW-Madison School of Education Dean's List in 2014 and to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2011. She was also the recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2013 and a member of the Leadership Group at Wisconsin in 2015.
With Kresge on the squad, that Badgers had two of the most successful seasons in program history, claiming the Big Ten tournament title in 2014 and the league's regular season crown in 2015. Kresge finished her career with seven goals, including one game-winning goal and a pair of assists.