Anne Decker is in her third season as an assistant coach for the Rockets' women's soccer team. Decker assists with all aspects of the program, including working with the goalkeepers, recruiting, team travel and performing other administrative duties.
"Anne has an infectious energy and has played an important role in not just coaching the keepers, but also in recruiting talented student-athletes who will be the future of the program," 2010 & ‘11 MAC Coach of the Year Brad Evans said.
Under Decker's guidance, netminder Vicki Traven earned All-MAC honors on two occasions (first team in 2011, second team in 2010) and became the league's all-time leader in shutouts (34). During her two years in Toledo, the Midnight Blue & Gold has amassed an impressive 29-11-4 overall record and a 19-2-1 mark in the conference.
In 2011, Decker helped mentor the Rockets to successfully defend their MAC regular-season championship and capture a league-record fourth tournament title. UT finished with a 14-7-2 overall mark, including a 9-1-1 ledger in the MAC. Toledo finished first in the MAC regular-season standings and secured the top seed in the league tourney for the third time in the last four seasons. She was a big factor in a Toledo defense that posted nine shutouts, fourth-highest total in the conference.
Individually, Traven posted a 0.90 goals-against average with eight blankings. The St. Charles, IL native also captured the league's top defensive award on two occasions in 2011 and was recognized a school-record seven times in her career.
In 2010, Decker aided UT to its second MAC regular-season title in the last three seasons. Toledo sported an impressive 15-4-2 overall ledger, including a league-record 10-1-0 ledger in the conference.
Individually, Traven tallied a single-season school-record 0.79 GAA with a school-record 10 shutouts. She finished first in the MAC in blankings, earning league Defensive Player of the Week honors on a school-record three occasions.
Decker joined the Rockets' program after serving as an assistant on Western Illinois University's coaching staff for two seasons. In her time with the Leathernecks, Decker helped guide the squad to an overall record of 16-16-4. She assisted with all aspects of the program, including training of the goalkeepers and other administrative duties. On the field, she mentored freshman goalkeeper Laura Atkinson to second-team All-Summit League honors in 2009, as she ranked 23rd nationally in save percentage (.859).
Prior to working at WIU, Decker enjoyed an outstanding four-year playing career as a goalkeeper at Mid-American Conference member Central Michigan (2003-06). The Troy, MI native holds CMU career records for wins (38), saves (296) and goals-against average (1.12). During her senior campaign in 2006, Decker set then single-season records in wins (13) and shutouts (8), en route to earning first-team All-MAC honors for the second-consecutive season and second-team NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region accolades. She also garnered first-team NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region honors and was presented with the MAC Presidential Award following her final collegiate season. Her 88 saves in 2006 rank second in the CMU record book for a single season, while her 1.02 GAA sits in fourth place.
While at Central Michigan, Decker gained coaching experience by serving as the junior varisty coach at a nearby high school. She also served as an assistant coach on the NCAA Division III level at Alma (MI) College. Decker graduated Cum Laude from Central Michigan in Spring 2008 with a degree in physical education. In Spring 2009, she received her master of science in kinesiology from Western Illinois in sport management.
As a high school player, Decker led Troy High School to a state title in 2003 and was a member of the Michigan Olympic Development Team from 1999-2003.
In addition to being a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Decker holds a National "C" License from the United States Soccer Federation.