Feb. 11, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford assistant women's soccer coach Stephanie Erickson will be leaving the Farm after a four-year tenure with the Cardinal to take an assistant coaching position at her alma mater Northwestern University.
"I want to thank the entire Stanford athletic and academic communities that have made my experience here so amazing," Erickson said. "I am especially grateful to Earl Koberlein and Paul Ratcliffe for their mentorship to me and for providing me with an opportunity to coach at Stanford.
"It was a very hard decision to move on, but it is the best decision for me and my family at this time. I am really looking forward to returning to my alma mater and living closer to family.
"I will miss the Stanford women's soccer players very much as they have given me four unforgettable years. I will always wear my red with pride and be a supporter of Stanford University and Stanford Athletics."
Erickson, the 2002 Soccer America co-Coach of the Year, helped the Cardinal to a 60-21-5 record and four NCAA post season appearances during her four years at Stanford. She spent the 1999 season as the first assistant coach at Harvard, where she helped lead the Crimson to the Ivy League Championship.
A four-year starting forward at Northwestern (1994-98), Erickson is the all-time leading scorer in school history and was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player in 1994, 1996 and 1997. She helped lead the Wildcats to an NCAA Tournament bid in 1996 when she was named All-Big Ten Second Team and Great Lakes Region Second Team, while also winning the Big Ten scoring title. In addition, Erickson scored a pair of goals in a span of five seconds to set the NCAA record for fastest consecutive goals scored in a game.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education and Spanish, Erickson was a three-time selection to the Big Ten All-Academic Team and a member of the Dean's list from 1996-98.