SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Four members of the Santa Clara women's soccer family will take part in a web show 'InsideSCU: Building SCU's National Reputation through Women's Soccer' on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 11-11:45 a.m.
Moderated by former player Danielle Slaton, a panel of head coach Jerry Smith, former player Aly Wagner, and current player Kelcie Hedge will talk about the lessons they learned on and off the field at SCU, and how the Bronco community is investing in the teams and facilities to enhance their ability to compete while increasing national awareness of SCU.
The panel's discussion, in front of a studio audience, will be streamed live on the SCU LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube. Viewers may ask questions through the platforms.
Slaton '02 captained the Broncos during the 2001 NCAA National Championship season 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. Slaton 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 the Center for Professional Development within SCU's School of Education and Counseling Psychology. She is currently a soccer analyst for the San Jose Earthquakes, Fox Sports, and the Big Ten Network and was a match analyst for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Since taking over the head coaching duties at Santa Clara in the spring of 1987, Smith has built the Bronco soccer program into a national power. Ranked top five in NCAA Division I history, Smith is the winningest women's soccer coach in Santa Clara history. He is also the founder and executive director for the Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy.
Wagner '02 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 helped lead Santa Clara to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship in 2001. Wagner 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. Wagner 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.
Hedge, a junior, took home West Coast Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-American honors in 2018 while helping lead Santa Clara to its best season since 2005. She was also named one of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
'InsideSCU' is a new interactive live web series showcasing captivating stories from inside Santa Clara University, featuring personal accounts from the Mission campus as well as the newest initiatives our Bronco students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents are engaging in. For more information, click here.
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