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InsideSCU Episode 2: Building SCU’s National Reputation Through Women’s Soccer

For generations our University has produced Olympians, all-Americans, world champions, All-Stars and Hall-of-Fame athletes. Learn how Santa Clara University and the Bronco community are investing in our teams and facilities to enhance their ability to compete while propelling national awareness of SCU, amplifying school spirit and alumni pride, and providing student-athletes with a meaningful, challenging, nurturing, and rewarding college experience. Hear from women’s soccer legends about the lessons they learned on and off the field at SCU.

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Danielle Slaton

Moderator

Danielle Slaton captained the Santa Clara University women’s soccer team all the way to the 2001 NCAA National Championship before earning her B.S. in Psychology. She was on the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2000 to 2005, winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics and a bronze in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Danielle coached soccer at Northwestern University from 2006 to 2009, where she also earned her Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. She is now the Director of External Relations for SCU’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology. She is currently a soccer analyst for the San Jose Earthquakes, Fox Sports, Comcast Sports, and the Pac-12 Networks, and was a match analyst for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™.

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Jerry Smith

Jerry Smith is the Santa Clara University’s women’s soccer head coach. He is also the founder and executive director for the Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy. Since taking over the head coaching duties at Santa Clara in the spring of 1987, Jerry has built the Bronco soccer program into a national power. Ranked top-5 in NCAA Division I history, Jerry is the winningest women’s soccer coach in Santa Clara history.

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Kelcie Hedge

Kelcie Hedge achieved her B.A. in Communication after taking home West Coast Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-American honors and helping lead Santa Clara women’s soccer to its best season since 2005. As redshirt junior Kelcie was named one of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy as a top collegiate soccer player in the country.

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Aly Wagner

Aly Wagner was named Second-Team NSCAA All-American, First-Team All-WCC and the WCC Freshman of the Year and was awarded the 2002 Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate soccer player in the country. Before achieving her B.S. in Combined Sciences, she led Santa Clara to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship in 2001. Aly was a midfielder for the U.S. WNT from 1999 to 2008. She was a member of the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups™ and the 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams, winning two gold medals. Aly is now a broadcaster with Fox Sports, was lead game analyst for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ and made history as the first woman to call a televised Men’s FIFA World Cup™ game.

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