Stephanie Burak is in her third season as the director of soccer operations with the University of Iowa women’s soccer program.
During the 2019 season, Iowa had one of the best seasons in program history. The Hawkeyes opened the season with nine straight wins en route to a No. 17 national ranking, the highest in program history. Iowa tied a school record, winning 15 games, including seven in Big Ten play, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history.
The Hawkeyes tied a school record with three All-Big Ten selections and senior Natalie Winters became the first player in program history to earn postseason recognition in all four seasons. Winters was also an all-region honoree for the second straight season.
Academically, the program shined as Iowa was the only school in the country to have two first-team Academic All-Americans. Iowa also had three United Soccer Academic All-Region and a school-record 19 Academic All-Big Ten selections.
During her first season as a Hawkeye, Burak helped the Hawkeyes to an 8-7-3 overall record and a 4-5-2 mark in Big Ten play. Iowa was in Big Ten Tournament contention until the final game, but fell short after battling Northwestern to a 1-1 draw. Junior Natalie Winters was a third-team all-region and third-team All-Big Ten selection — Iowa’s first all-region honoree since 2014.
Burak also handled much of the logistics for Iowa soccer’s first-ever foreign tour. The Hawkeyes traveled to Germany, Sweden, and Denmark for a 10-day tour in May, 2019.
Burak joined the Hawkeyes following a five-year stint with Athletes in Action in Chicago and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was a part of AIA’s campus staff and leadership team.
While in Chicago, Burak served in several capacities at Northwestern. She was the compliance and academic services/student development intern in 2016 and a community relations intern in 2015.
She also completed internships with Michigan football (2014-16), San Diego Chargers (2016), and Michigan Bucks (2014).
Burak served as the fundraising chair and competed for the Michigan Women’s Soccer Club and she was the head coach of the Northwestern Women’s Soccer Club Team.
Burak, a native of Brighton, Michigan, graduated from Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2016. She is married to former Iowa wrestling All-American, Nathan Burak.