|Alma Mater:||St. John's (NY), 2012|
Kristin Russell joined the Florida Southern coaching staff in the spring of 2018 after an outstanding playing career at both the collegiate and professional levels. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Russell was a four-year starting goalkeeper at St. John's University in New York from 2008-11 and set nearly every goalkeeping record in the book during her career. She still holds school records for goals against average (0.76), shutouts (32) and career wins (32), and ranks fourth in saves (295). Her name is found all throughout the top-10 lists for single-season goalkeeping records as well. A two-time All-Big East selection, and a three-time Big East Academic All-Star, Russell was also the league’s goalkeeper-of-the-week five times. She helped lead the Red Storm to its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 2009, and had 10 saves in their first-round game with Virginia, resulting in a 0-0 draw.
Upon graduating from St. John’s University in 2012, Russell signed a contract to play professional soccer with Afturelding FC in Mosfellsbaer, Iceland. During her professional campaign, she was a 4-time Man-of-the-Match and helped Afturelding FC to its first-ever playoff berth.
In 2013, Russell returned to the United States to begin a new venture, starting KRS Goalkeeping Academy in St. Petersburg, dedicated to improving goalkeepers’ level of play through specialized goalkeeper coaching, and recognized as the top goalkeeping academy in the area. In 2018, she also became the Director of Coaching for Seminole Santos Soccer Club.