Danielle Slaton, U.S. National Soccer Team, Olympian

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Danielle Slaton is a highly decorated All-American and Olympian defender who has vast experience in both soccer and leadership. As a collegian at Santa Clara University, Slaton was a four-year starter, a three-time first-team All-America defender and team captain for the Broncos from 1998-2001. She helped lead the Broncos to the 2001 NCAA Championship as a senior and was named the NCAA College Cup Defensive MVP that same year. 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 started 79-of-84 games during her college career, scoring 50 points on eight goals and 34 assists. During this time Slaton was also a standout performer in the classroom and was named the 2001 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year, graduating magna cum laude with a 3.74 grade-point-average.

After her collegiate career Slaton went on to play professionally, becoming the first overall draft pick in 2002 by the Carolina Courage of the Women’s United Soccer Association. That year she led the courage to the WUSA Championship and was named the league’s defender of the year. Slaton was also 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. In 2005 she went on to play for the 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 in 2005.

After completing her playing career, Slaton served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Northwestern University from 2006 until 2010. Following that, Slaton became the Director of Leadership Development for the high school and club sports division at the Janssen Sports Leadership Center. Additionally, Slaton also serves as a color analyst for women’s soccer for the Big Ten Network.