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Stone Welcomes Return Of Alumna Courtney Curby To His Sideline Staff

Courtney Curby returns to St. John's as an assistant coach.
Courtney Curby returns to St. John's as an assistant coach.

July 28, 2011

QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's head women's soccer coach Ian Stone will welcome a familiar face to his sideline for 2011 as he adds Class of 2010 graduate Courtney Curby to his staff as an assistant coach.

Curby was part of a tremendous senior class that led the Red Storm to its-first ever NCAA Tournament berth, helped St. John's to a program-first Top 25 ranking in the NSCAA Poll and its highest ranking in history in the Soccer America Poll at No. 11 (Oct. 5, 2009).

"From her freshman year, Courtney has always embodied the successful St. John's women's soccer student-athlete," remarked Stone. "Our program is very fortunate to have her rejoin us as a full-time assistant coach. We will all benefit greatly from Courtney's presence."

Curby was a four-year member of the Red Storm women's soccer team from 2006-2009, and played in 74 games as a defender and midfielder. She scored her first career-goal at Princeton in 2009. Curby's defense on the pitch helped her squad match the program record for shutouts (10). At her senior awards ceremony, Curby was a 2010 recipient of the John DaSilva Memorial Award, presented annually to a student-athlete who exhibits courage, persistence and fortitude as a member of St. John's University, and Dr. Michael Pisano Memorial Award, given to those student-athletes who achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better over seven-consecutive semesters. She was also a four-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, a 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-District first team honoree and a member of the 2008 New York City Classic All-Tournament Team.

As a junior in 2008, she was a key contributor in a defensive unit that set the new program record with 10 shutouts and a 0.593 goals against average. Curby also helped the Red Storm finish 11th in the nation in GAA and 26th nationally in shutout percentage (0.526). Her career with the Red Storm started well as she was one of just four freshmen to appear in all 19 games.

Prior to returning to St. John's, Curby spent the last year as a high school English teacher at Plainfield East High School in Plainfield, Ill. She served as the assistant coach for the boy's varsity soccer team. She was also part of the Bengal Athletic Leadership Council (BALC) as an advisor, where she met monthly with 40 student-athletes to increase their understanding of leadership and their role as leaders within the community.

At St. John's, she was incredibly active off the field as well, being the head scholar for the Dean's Scholars, the School of Education's Honor Society, a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi Education honor society. She was also one of St. John's Peer Educator's for four years (2007-10).

Curby was the key-note speaker at St. John's 2008 Relay for Life, a presenter at the inaugural St. John's Women In Leadership Conference and attended the NCAA's APPLE Conference, promoting student-athlete wellness and substance abuse prevention, where she helped re-structure the St. John's Student Development Peer Educator course and was even the lead Peer Educator her junior and senior years. During her senior spring break, she traveled down to New Orleans, La., to rebuild homes with Catholic Charities. She also won the School of Education's 2010 Student of the Year Award and 2010 Service Award.

A La Grange, Ill., native, Curby graduated St. John's with a bachelor's degree in adolescent education with a concentration in English and minor in Spanish. She has her Initial Secondary Teaching certification for high school English grades 9-12.




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