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    Stephanie Erickson Returns as Assistant Coach

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Stephanie Erickson returns to NU after four years at Stanford.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Stephanie Erickson returns to NU after four years at Stanford.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 12, 2004

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern women's soccer coach Jenny Haigh has announced the hiring of Stephanie Erickson as an assistant coach.

    Erickson -- a 1998 NU alum who holds five Wildcats offensive records including the standards for career goals (29) and points (73) -- replaces Nel Fettig, who has left to continue pursuing her professional soccer career.

    "I am extremely excited to announce the addition of Stephanie to our staff," said Haigh. "She brings a very impressive list of credentials, but also a personal connection to Northwestern Soccer since she is one of our most decorated alums. She is passionate about the University and about coaching, and she has been in winning programs throughout her coaching and playing career. Stephanie helped propel NU into the national arena as a player, and then did so as a coach at Cal, Harvard, and most recently Stanford. We are lucky to have such a wealth of experience, and I think she will really impact our program's success."

    In four seasons at Stanford, Erickson helped guide the Cardinal to an overall mark of 60-21-5 and NCAA Women's College Cup appearances each year. She was responsible for bringing in the nation's No. 10 recruiting class last year and the No. 8 class in 2002.

    As co-head coach for the 2002 season, Erickson led the Cardinal 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 shutouts and saw action in its 12th postseason competition in the past 13 years. As a result, she was named 2002 Soccer America co-Coach of the Year.

    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 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. In 2000, Erickson helped guide the Cardinal to a 14-6-1 overall record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    Erickson spent the 1999 season as the first assistant at Harvard, where she helped lead the Crimson to the Ivy League championship. Harvard advanced to the NCAA Tournament as the eighth seed, before concluding the season ranked No. 15 by the NSCAA. Prior to her stint at Harvard, Erickson coached at California, 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 (1994-97), Erickson is the all-time leading scorer in school history and was named the Wildcats' Offensive Most Valuable Player in 1994, 1996 and 1997. She helped lead the Wildcats to an NCAA Tournament bid in 1996 -- the program's third year as a varsity program -- when she was named second-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-Great Lakes Region and won the Big Ten scoring title.

    In addition, Erickson holds the NCAA record for least time elapsed between consecutive goals; she scored twice in five seconds in a game in 1994.

    Erickson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and Spanish; she was a three-time selection to the Academic All-Big Ten Team and a member of the Dean's list from 1996-98.

    Erickson holds a "B" License from the United States Soccer Federation.