Soccer Olympian & Sports Analyst
National Advisory Board, Trainers - SF Bay Area
Danielle Slaton was hired as the Director of the Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy in September of 2015. Slaton graduated from Santa Clara in 2002 with a degree in Psychology and earned her Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern in 2010. She helped captain the Broncos to the 2001 national championship and was named the College Cup Defensive MVP. She was also a three-time All-American and the 2001 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Slaton played for the U.S. Women's National Team from 2000-05 and won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics as well as a bronze medal in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. She played professionally in the U.S. in the United Soccer Association and in France for Olympique Lyonnias. After she retired from playing, Slaton coached at Northwestern University. She then moved into the field of instructional design and developed curriculum for college students and professors.
In addition to her role with the Coaching for Life Academy, Slaton serves as an advisor to U.S. Soccer's Athlete Council and is an envoy ambassador for U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department. In her role as an envoy, she travels around the world coaching youth about the life lessons that soccer can teach. Recent trips have included visits to Jordan, Malaysia, Paraguay, and South Africa. She is a certified Positive Coaching Alliance trainer who educates students, coaches and parents on how to impact youth sports in a positive, character-building manner. Slaton has also spent time as a women's soccer analyst for the Pac-12 Network, and the Big Ten Network, and Fox Sports, where she recently covered the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.