July 26, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern University Head women's soccer coach Stephanie Erickson Wednesday completed her new coaching staff with the addition of DanielleSlaton, a highly decorated all-American and Olympian defender fromSanta Clara University, as assistant coach. Slaton comes to Northwestern after playing the last five years in the professional ranks, as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team and with the Olympique Lyonnais in France.
"Danielle is one of the best defenders this nation has produced,"Erickson said. "She has had an amazing playing career as a collegiateathlete, in the former women's professional league (WUSA) and withthe U.S. National Team. Danielle has incredible tactical knowledgeand will be instrumental in recruiting as well. She adds a wonderfuldynamic to our staff and we are extremely fortunate that Danielle hasdecided to start her coaching career here at Northwestern."
Slaton was a five-year member of the U.S. National Team from2000-2005 that won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic games inSydney, Australia and a member of the third place 2003 World Cupsquad. In 2005 she went on to play for the Olympique Lyonnais inFrance where she was a starting defender on the French First Divisionteam and a member of the runner-up French Cup Tournament team in 2005.
As a collegian at Santa Clara University, Slaton was a four-yearstarter, a three-time first team All-America defender and teamcaptain for the Broncos from 1998-2001. She helped lead the Broncosto the 2001 NCAA Championship as a senior and was named the NCAACollege Cup Defensive MVP that same year. She was a four-time firstteam all-West Coast Conference selection, the 1998 WCC Freshman ofthe Year and 2001 Defender of the Year. Slaton started 79-of-84 gamesduring her college career, scoring 50 points on eight goals and 34assists.
Also a standout performer in the classroom, Slaton was named the 2001NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a3.74 grade-point-average.
After her collegiate career Slaton went on to play professionallywhen she was the first overall draft pick in 2002 by the CarolinaCourage of the Women's United Soccer Association. That year she ledthe Courage to the WUSA Championship and was named the league'sDefender of the Year.
Last fall, Slaton served as an assistant coach at Evergreen ValleyHigh School in San Jose, Calif. where she helped lead the team to itsfirst county tournament win in school history. She took her servicesback to Raleigh, N.C. where she has spent the last six months asassistant and head coach for the Capital Area Soccer League's U-12girls team.