Danielle Slaton

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Danielle Slaton
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Personal information
Full name Danielle Slaton
Date of birth (1980-06-10) June 10, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth San Jose, California, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002-2003 Carolina Courage
2005 Olympique Lyonnais
National team
1999, 2000, 2002-2003 United States
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Danielle Slaton (born June 10, 1980) is an American professional soccer player. She was a five-year member of the United States women's national soccer team from 2000-2005. She also played for the Carolina Courage in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) and was named the league's defender of the year. She went on to play for the Olympique Lyonnais in France where she was a starting defender on the French First Division team. Slaton currently represents US Soccer as a member of the Athlete Council. [1]

Early life[edit]

Slaton was born in San Jose, California. She attended Presentation High School in San Jose, California and led the soccer team to three Central Coast Section Championship games. She was named first team All-Santa Teresa Athletic League and first team All-CCS all four years. She was honored as the San Jose Mercury News Freshman and Sophomore of the Year following the 1995 and 1996 seasons. She was awarded a scholarship from the 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.

Slaton played club soccer for the Central Valley Mercury coached by Vicky Wagner and Phillippe Blin, former Santa Clara assistant and current head coach at San Jose State. She helped lead the Mercury to three consecutive national championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998. [2]

Santa Clara University[edit]

Slaton played for Santa Clara University, where she was a four-year starter, three-time first-team All-America defender and team captain for the Santa Clara Broncos from 1998-2001.

During her senior year, she helped lead the Broncos to the 2001 NCAA Championship and was named the NCAA College Cup Defensive MVP. She was a four-time first team all-West Coast Conference selection, the 1998 WCC Freshman of the Year and 2001 Defender of the Year. Slaton graduated Santa Clara University having started 79-of-84 games, scoring 50 points on eight goals and 34 assists.

She was named the 2001 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year and graduated magna cum laude with a 3.74 GPA. [3]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

In 2002, Slaton was the first overall draft pick by the Carolina Courage in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA). She helped lead the team to the WUSA Championship and was named the league's defender of the year.

In 2005, Slaton played for Olympique Lyonnais in France where she was a starting defender on the French First Division team and a member of the runner-up French Cup Tournament team. [4]

International[edit]

Slaton was member of the U21 National Team pool in 1999. She captained the U16 team from 1996-1997.

Slaton was a five-year member of the U.S. National Team from 2000-05 that won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and a member of the third place 2003 World Cup squad. Her first appearance with the United States women's national soccer team occurred on February 24, 1999 against Finland. She scored her first goal on January 13, 2000 against Australia. She was the youngest member of the 2000 Olympic Team and the only member with college eligibility remaining. [5]

Coaching and other work[edit]

In 2005, Slaton served as an assistant coach at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, California where she helped lead the team to its first county tournament win in school history. She spent six months as assistant and head coach for the Capital Area Soccer in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In 2006, Slaton joined the coaching staff of Northwestern University as assistant coach. [6]

In 2010, she traveled to Paraguay as a SportsUnited Sports Envoy hosted by the United States Embassy. Slaton conducted seven clinics in three days, coaching as many as 300 girls ranging from 9 to 16 years old, as well as the Paraguay Women's National Team. [7]

Slaton has been a member of the Athlete Council for U.S. Soccer. [8] In 2012, after Pia Sundhage's departure as head coach of the United States women's national soccer team, Slaton joined Mia Hamm and Sunil Gulati as a member of the search committee for Sundhage's successor. [9][10]

Personal[edit]

Slaton lives in Chicago. [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athlete Council". US Soccer. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Danielle Slaton biography". Soccer Times. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Danielle Slaton profile". Northwestern University. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Danielle Slaton profile". Northwestern University. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Danielle Slaton profile". Northwestern University. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Danielle Slaton profile". Northwestern University. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Former U.S. Soccer Women's National Team Players Lorrie Fair and Danielle Slaton Head to Paraguay as Department of State Sports Envoy Program Continues". US Soccer. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "10 Years Later: Remembering The 2001 Santa Clara Women's Soccer National Championship with Danielle Slaton". Santa Clara University. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rampone opts to delay retirement". ESPN. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gulati Talks About New Women’s Coach and New Women’s League". New York Times. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "10 Years Later: Remembering The 2001 Santa Clara Women's Soccer National Championship with Danielle Slaton". Santa Clara University. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 

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