Danielle Fotopoulos

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Danielle Fotopoulos
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Fotopoulos with the United States national team
Personal information
Full nameDanielle Ruth Garrett Fotopoulos
Date of birth (1976-03-24) March 24, 1976 (age 43)
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 44 (52)
1996–1998 Florida Gators 48 (66)
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.

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania Borough in Pennsylvania, United States

Camp Hill is a borough in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States, 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Harrisburg. It is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,888 at the 2010 census. There are many large corporations based in nearby East Pennsboro Township and Wormleysburg that use the Camp Hill postal address, including the Rite Aid Corporation, Harsco Corporation, and Gannett Fleming.

Altamonte Springs, Florida City in Florida, United States

Altamonte Springs is a suburban city in Seminole County, Florida, United States, which had a population of 41,496 at the 2010 census. The city is in the northern suburbs of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area, which the United States Census Bureau estimated had a population of 2,054,574 in 2008.

Lyman High School

Lyman High School is a public high school located in Longwood, Florida, a city located approximately 10 miles north of Orlando. The school, founded in 1924, has been consistently ranked among the best in the state by the Florida Department of Education. For the 2012-2013 school term Lyman High School garnered a straight 'A' average, the best in the district, as a result of extremely high student scores on the Florida Comprehension Assessment Test. In 2014, it was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 27th best high school in the state of Florida and the overall best high school in Central Florida. It was ranked by Newsweek as the 204th best high school in the United States in 2010. The school was also named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1982. The school is operated by Seminole County Public Schools.

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]

Southern Methodist University Private university in Dallas, Texas, United States

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Rebecca Lund Burleigh is an American college soccer coach and former college soccer player. She is the current head coach of the Florida Gators women's soccer team of the University of Florida. Burleigh is best known for coaching the Gators soccer team to a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I national championship in 1998.

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.

Carolina Courage

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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.

LSU Tigers womens soccer

The LSU Tigers women's soccer team represents Louisiana State University in the sport of soccer. The Tigers compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Tigers play their home games at the LSU Soccer Stadium on the university's Baton Rouge, Louisiana campus.

George Fotopoulos is an American soccer coach with Greek background. He coached the Louisiana State University (LSU) women's soccer team from 2000 to 2004. Fotopoulos went 52–39–14 in five years at LSU, posting a 12–28–6 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). He began his career at LSU in 2000 after two years as head coach at his alma mater, the University of Tampa posting a 20–14 record.

Florida Gators womens soccer womens soccer team of the University of Florida

The Florida Gators women's soccer team represents the University of Florida in the sport of college soccer. The Gators compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their home games in James G. Pressly Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus, and are led by head coach Becky Burleigh. In the first sixteen years of the Gators' soccer program, they won thirteen SEC championships and one NCAA national championship.

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

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