Ushering in a new era for women's soccer at the Institute, Kristi Straub began her tenure at MIT before the 2003 season, and led MIT to one of its best starts ever.
Prior to two quick stints at Amherst, Straub worked at Beloit College from 1996-2001 where she held a variety of positions. Not only was she the head coach of the women's soccer and basketball programs, she held additional duties as the director of intramurals and the senior women's administrator. Straub earned Midwest Conference Women's Soccer Co-Coach of the Year honors in 1999.
Straub spent the 1995-96 season at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. as the head women's soccer and softball coach and the assistant women's basketball coach. From 1993-95, she was an assistant softball coach at Smith College while coaching at Amherst.
Straub was a Central Region Women's Committee member of the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee for the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. She assisted the chair of the committee by collecting information, compiling records and preparing data for two conferences in the region in order to rank teams to provide for fair representation in the Division III Women's Basketball National Tournament. She also served as an NCAA representative at first-round competition sites, where she conducted the coaches meeting and supervised the event.
A 1992 graduate of Beloit College, Straub earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. While at Beloit, she was a three-sport athlete, competing in women's tennis, women's basketball, and softball. She went on to receive a Masters of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Studies from Smith College in 1995.