Aug. 7, 2001
Houston, Texas - Crystalin Montgomery begins her first season as a member of the Houston staff in 2001. The Minnesota native joins the Cougar program after serving as both a head and an assistant coach at the club, high school and collegiate levels. Montgomery joins Solberg's staff after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she helped coach the Panthers to a combined 20-15-5 record during the 1999-00 seasons. In 1999, the Panthers maintained a Great Lakes Region top 10 ranking for the entire season. Prior to her appointment at UWM, Montgomery was a two-year assistant for girl's varsity program at West Allis Hale High School near Milwaukee. Montgomery was also head coach of the FC Milwaukee soccer club during 2000. She is currently a Wisconsin State Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach.
Montgomery also enjoyed a successful four-year playing career at UWM from 1995-98. She captained the 1998 Panthers, and finished her collegiate soccer career with 17 points (5 goals, 7 assists) as a midfielder. Excelling in the classroom, Montgomery was an Academic All-Region honoree in both 1997 and 1998.
Montgomery graduated from UWM in 1999 with a degree in Spanish and community education, and received a certificate in Latin American Studies. She enjoys traveling and learning about various cultures. Fluent in Spanish, Montgomery has traveled South America, staying in Chile and Cuba. She is currently playing for the Hampton Roads Piranhas out of Virginia Beach, VA. So far this summer the team has placed fourth in the W-league and is scheduled to play in the National Championships in mid-August.