Danielle Fotopoulos

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Danielle Fotopoulos
Fotopoulos with the United States national team
Personal information
Full nameDanielle Ruth Garrett Fotopoulos
Date of birth (1976-03-24) March 24, 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Eckerd College (coach)
Youth career
1990–1993 Lyman High School
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1994–1995 SMU Mustangs
1996–1998 Florida Gators
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1998 Tampa Bay Extreme 4 (6)
2001–2003 Carolina Courage 53 (27)
2005 Central Florida Krush
National team
1996–2005 United States 35 (16)
Teams managed
2004 LSU
2010– Eckerd
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Danielle Ruth Garrett Fotopoulos (born March 24, 1976), née Danielle Ruth Garrett, is an American soccer coach and former player. Fotopoulos holds the all-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I records for goals and points, and was a member of the University of Florida team that won the 1998 NCAA women's soccer championship, and also the United States national team that won the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. She is currently head coach of the Eckerd College women's soccer team.

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Early life

Fotopoulos was born in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania in 1976, the daughter of Bill and Donna Garrett. She grew up in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and attended Lyman High School in Longwood, Florida from 1990 to 1994. While in high school, she was a varsity letterman in six different sports—basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, swimming and track & field. Her high school soccer team won three Florida state championships during her four years on the team.

College career

Fotopoulos initially attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, where she played for the SMU Mustangs soccer team from 1994 to 1995. After her sophomore year, she transferred from SMU to the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she played for coach Becky Burleigh's new Florida Gators women's soccer team for two seasons. After suffering an ACL injury before the start of the 1997 season, she returned to the Gators for her senior year in 1998. She helped the Gators win the 1998 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, scoring the winning goal against North Carolina in the final of the NCAA soccer tournament. During her 1996 and 1998 seasons with the Gators, the team also won both the Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season and tournament championships, and she was twice recognized as the SEC Player of the Year. Fotopoulos finished her college career as the NCAA's all-time leader in goals (118) and points (284). She was the 1998–99 recipient of the Honda Sports Award for Soccer, recognizing her as the outstanding collegiate women's soccer player of the year. [1]

She graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in 1999, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2008. [2] [3]

Professional career

Fotopoulos played professionally with the Carolina Courage of the Women's United Soccer Association, winning the league championship in 2002. Additionally she was a part of the United States Women's National Soccer team.

Coaching career

Fotopoulos is married to former Louisiana State University (LSU) women's soccer team head coach George Fotopoulos. In 2004, she served as co-head coach with her husband at LSU. [4] [5] They finished with an 8–11–1 overall record (2–8–1 in the SEC). [6] In 2006, she became an assistant coach for the Florida Gators soccer team at the University of Florida, her alma mater. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and their four children. She coaches multiple teams at the Tampa Bay United soccer club. She is also a partner for the semi-pro team, Tampa Bay Hellenic; her husband is currently the head coach. In 2010, Fotopoulos became the head of coach of the NCAA Division II women's soccer team at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Honors

Individual awards and honors

Team honors

Statistics

College

YearTeamGP/GSGoalsAssistsTotal Points
1994SMU20/1920545
1995SMU24/23321985
1996Florida22/22341383
1997FloridaDid not play
1998Florida26/26321175
Totals92/9011848284

WUSA

YearTeamGP/GSGoalsAssistsTotal Points
2001Carolina Courage21/219523
2002Carolina Courage21/20111032
2003Carolina Courage12/127620
Totals54/53272175

W-League

YearTeamGPGoals
1998Tampa Bay Extremes46
2005Central Florida Krush9
Totals15

National team

YearGP/GSGoalsAssistsTotal Points
19962/1328
19976/0113
19981/0000
199917/17418
2000Did not play
2001
20024/0102
2003Did not play
2004
20055/1408
Totals35/316739

See also

References

  1. Collegiate Women Sports Awards, Past Honda Sports Award Winners for Soccer. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  2. F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  3. "Nine Members Inducted Into University of Florida Athletics Hall of Fame," GatorZone.com (April 11, 2008). Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  4. "LSU History". lsusports.net. p. 19. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  5. "Danielle Fotopoulos". lsusports.net. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  6. "LSU Soccer coaches step down". 247sports.com. Retrieved 2018-07-29.