Linda Gancitano

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Linda Gancitano
Personal information
Place of birth Coral Springs, Florida, U.S.[1]
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Years Team
0000–1981 Coral Springs Colts
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1985 UCF Knights
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985 United States 2 (0)
Teams managed
St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders

Linda Gancitano is an American former soccer player who played as a defender, making two appearances for the United States women's national team.

Career[edit]

In high school, Gancitano played for the Coral Springs Colts boys' soccer team, becoming the first girl to play on the team.[2] In college, Gancitano played for the UCF Knights between 1981 and 1985, red-shirting in her freshman year.[1] At the 1982 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament, the first edition of the competition, she was chosen as the defensive MVP.[1] She was also included in the NSCAA All-American reserve and NSCAA All-Southeast Region teams in 1981. She was chosen as one of the team's most valuable players in 1981, and won the Coaches' Award of the team in 1984.[3]

Gancitano made her international debut for the United States in the team's inaugural match on August 18, 1985 in the Mundialito against Italy, coming on as a substitute for Denise Bender. She earned her second and final cap on August 24, 1985 in the Mundialito against Denmark.[4]

Her career was cut short after tearing the ACL in her left knee in 1986. She later coached the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders women's high school soccer team for three years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Gancitano teaches at Driftwood Middle School in Hollywood, Florida. She has received recognition as Florida Green School Teacher of the Year, DMS Teacher of the Year, and Broward County Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She started the school's "Green Team" in 2008, and created the "How Low Can You Go?" school-based challenge to reduce energy usage, which was expanded districtwide through a partnership with the Miami Heat.[5] For the project, she was honored by the White House as a Climate Education and Literacy Champion of Change in 2015.[6] She has also coached the school's volleyball team.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

United States[4]
Year Apps Goals
1985 2 0
Total 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "U.S. WNT Flashback – 20th Anniversary of First-Ever Match: Linda Gancitano". USSoccer.com. United States Soccer Federation. Archived from the original on July 4, 2006. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "Linda Gancitano". The White House: President Barack Obama. Archived from the original on August 10, 2019. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "2018 UCF Women's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). UCF Knights. 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 10, 2019. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "2019 U.S. Women's National Team Media Guide" (PDF). United States Soccer Federation. 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 10, 2019. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Savransky, Rebecca (February 9, 2015). "Hollywood middle school teacher honored by White House for climate-change action". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on August 10, 2019. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "Heat, Broward County Public Schools "Seeing Green"". Miami: Miami Heat. April 3, 2018. Archived from the original on August 10, 2019. Retrieved August 10, 2019.