ABBY RICHTER | ASSISTANT COACH
With the start of the 2018 campaign, Abby Richter is in her 13th season with the Kent State staff after rejoining the program as an assistant coach in April 2008. Richter, who previously served on the Golden Flashes staff as a graduate assistant under head coach Rob Marinaro from 2003-04, returned to Kent State after spending the previous two seasons at Ball State University.
During her tenure with the Kent State soccer program, the Golden Flashes have hoisted Mid-American Conference trophies five times; including the 2017 MAC regular season and East Division title, the 2016 MAC Tournament Championship and MAC-East title in 2011. Kent State won back-to-back regular season MAC titles posting a 23-9-8 overall record and a 15-4-5 record in the league during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Richter’s primary roles on the Kent State coaching staff include recruiting, academics and team travel.
Richter also brings expertise as a collegiate goalkeeper. In 2010, Richter added to her soccer accreditation when she received an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Along with her work at Kent State, Richter has also coached elite soccer players internationally. In 2013, Richter served as the head coach for the United States Women’s Open team at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel. It will mark the third time Richter will be on the coaching staff for the United States.
In 2009, Richter served as the assistant coach for the United States Women’s Open team at the 18th Maccabiah Games held in Haifa, Israel. The team posted five shutouts during the event, including a 4-0 shutout against Israel to capture the gold medal. The gold-medal effort marked the first time an open team from the United States, men’s or women’s, claimed the top prize at the Maccabiah Games. Richter was an assistant coach for the U.S. Open Women’s National Team in 2004, where she aided the team to a silver-medal finish.
Richter’s collegiate coaching career includes stops at Ball State, Iowa and Earlham College; she also served as an assistant varsity coach at Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wis.
As an assistant for two years at Ball State, the Cardinals posted 17 shutouts while winning a pair MAC regular season titles in 2006 and 2007 with a combined 17-3-2 mark in the conference and a 26-9-5 overall record.
A 2001 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Richter earned a bachelor’s degree in broad field social science and history. She received her master’s degree in sports and recreational management from Kent State in 2005.
During her collegiate playing career, Richter (then Rabinovitz) starred on the field at UW-Stevens Point as a goalkeeper and four-year starter guiding the team to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a 44-0 conference record. As a senior, she led the Pointers to the NCAA Division III Final Four and was a First Team Central Region All-America selection.
Richter obtained a NSCAA Goalkeeping Level One diploma and received her USSF D License. She has been a NSCAA member since 2002.
Richter and her husband Jeremy reside in Stow with their daughter, Grace.