Stephanie Erickson, 2002 Soccer America co-Coach of the Year, enters her fourth season with the Stanford women’s soccer program. In her first three seasons with the Cardinal, she helped guide Stanford to their fifth consecutive postseason appearance and an overall mark of 50-12-3. Erickson was responsible for bringing in the nation’s No. 10 recruiting class last year and No. 8 class in 2002. She plays a role in field training as well as handling all administrative aspects of the program. During the off-season, Erickson is the assistant director of the Stanford Soccer Academy that brings in over 1,000 kids per summer.
As co-head coach for the 2002 season, Erickson led the Cardinal squad to an appearance in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, a first-place finish and undefeated record in the Pac-10 and a 21-2 overall record. Erickson’s team tallied 18 shutout matches and saw action in its 12th postseason competition in the past 13 years.
In 2001, Erickson’s second season, Stanford finished with a 15-4-2 overall record, advanced to the Third Round of the Women’s College Cup and ended the season ranked No. 9 in the final NSCAA Poll. In 2000, Erickson helped guide the Cardinal to a 14-6-1 overall record and to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
She spent the 1999 season as the first assistant coach at Harvard, where she helped lead the Crimson to the Ivy League Championship. Harvard advanced to the NCAA Tournament as the eight seed, before concluding the season ranked No. 15 by the NSCAA. Prior to her stint at Harvard, Erickson coached at Cal, helping the Golden Bears to the 1998 Pac-10 Championship and a bid in the NCAA Tournament.
A four-year starting forward at Northwestern University (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. She holds a “B” License from the United States Soccer Federation. Erickson, 27, resides in Menlo Park, Calif.