Altherr comes to the Golden Eagles with over 19 years of coaching experience both as a head coach and an assistant at all levels including high school, club and collegiate. She last coached at the collegiate level in 2003 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
"I am thrilled too add Jennie to our coaching staff, she brings a familiar face to me and an extensive coaching background to our program," Ebke said. "Our previous experience together has given me the opportunity to understand how much she loves the game of soccer and what a great teacher of the game she is. She is extremely knowledgeable and her energy on and off the field will help the players achieve great things."
Ebke is no stranger with Altherr as the two coached together on the Mississippi State staff from 2000-02 where the Bulldogs captured the Southeastern Conference West Division title in 2001, earning the first conference title by any women's program at Mississippi State. The team had two players named to the All-SEC team as well. Altherr earned her Bachelor of Arts in physical education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. As a player, she was a member of the 1987 Tar Heels team that captured the national championship with a 1-0 victory over Massachusetts.
Following her collegiate playing career in Chapel Hill, Altherr jumped into the coaching profession with the Capital Area (N.C.) Soccer League organization. Her first coaching assignment came as an assistant coach with the '73 Raleigh Spartans in August 1990. Following that stint, Altherr spent five years as assistant coach with the '78 Spartans, helping lead the team to the 1995 state club championship and the prestigious 1994 WAGS title.
In 1996, Altherr got her first taste of head coaching duties when she was hired at St. Mary's College and High School as women's soccer coach for both the college and varsity prep programs. She got her first head coaching assignment with the CASL organization in 1997 with the '84 Spartan Red team, leading them to the 1997 state championship and semifinal appearances in 1998 and 1999. Altherr finished her time with CASL as head coach of '85 Spartan Red, leading the team to championships at the 1999 Charlotte Labor Day and 1999 Raleigh Shootout tournaments.
Altherr also served as head coach of the varsity and junior varsity teams at St. Timothy's-Hale School from July 1998 to May 1999, while also taking on duties as the head of the prep school's Health and Physical Education department.
After spending two seasons with Mississippi State in the SEC she moved to Northwestern as an assistant coach for the 2002 season. In August of 2003, Altherr earned her first collegiate head coaching position at Peace College, where she coached the Pacers for one season in Raleigh, NC.
She jumped back to the high school level in 2004 as the head coach at Cary Academy where she spent three seasons before moving back to the collegiate ranks with Meredith College, a Division III school in Raleigh, as an assistant coach. For the last year, Altherr has been the head coach at Shattuck-St. Mary's High School in Fairbault, Minn.
She has earned her Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), holds an "A" license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and a KNVB `Match Analysis &Match Tactics' Certificate. She also spent a short time at Soccer Dome America, where she trained indoor teams and gave individual lessons.