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  Erica Walsh
Erica Walsh

Assistant Coach

2nd Season

Current US U-17 National Team head coach Erica Walsh is in her first season as a member of the Seminole soccer staff. A former college head coach at Dartmouth, Walsh has eight years of experience coaching at the collegiate level. She has also been associated with the US National Team for over a year now as an assistant with the U-19's and as the head coach of the U-17's since December of 2004.

"I am thrilled to have Erica join our staff," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian upon Walsh's hiring in January. "She brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff. I had the opportunity to work with her with the U-19's and she is smart, hard-working and diligent. She has great ideas about the game and she will have a very positive impact on the Florida State soccer program."

Walsh will continue to lead the US U-17 National Team on top of her duties at Florida State. The national team coach is 5-3-1 at the helm of U-17's winning both of her first two matches versus the German U-17 National Team in Carson, CA. The team also defeated the Japanese U-18 team 2-0 in the final match of the Texas Shootout to win the tournament in June 2005.

Prior to her head coaching position with the U-17's, Walsh was Krikorian's assistant with the U-19's as the team captured the bronze medal at the 2004 World Cup in Thailand. Walsh also spent two years as a Region I ODP staff member with the U-16's.

Before joining Krikorian's U-19 staff, Walsh was an assistant at Lehigh University for the 2004 season. She also spent five seasons at Dartmouth College as an assistant coach and head coach. As an assistant, Dartmouth won an Ivy League championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a No. 8 ranking.

In 2000, Walsh took over the head coaching responsibilities at Dartmouth and in three seasons her teams compiled a 37-15-2 record and a 16-4-1 mark in league play. She led the squad to two Ivy League championships, three NCAA Tournaments and two trips to the Sweet 16. Her teams finished 13th, 16th and 25th in the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) final rankings in her three seasons at Dartmouth. Her squads never lost more than five games in a season and won at least 11 matches in each of her three years at the helm.

"Her college coaching record and experience are huge assets," said Krikorian. "Florida State is committed to excellence and Erica has established herself as one of the top coaches in the country. The work she did at Dartmouth was phenomenal. She will be able to step in right away and be a positive influence because she has been a head coach and she understands all the dynamics involved with a college program. She is going to be a great asset."

As a player, Walsh had a stellar career at the College of William & Mary where her teams went to four NCAA Tournaments and won four Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference championships. She was a regional All-American, a two-time first team All-CAA selection, a two-time team MVP and a team captain. She was also a member of the US U-17 National Team and an NSCAA All-American.

Walsh received her B.S. with a concentration in biology from the College of William & Mary and is close to finishing her M.B.A from Lehigh University. All three of her Dartmouth teams received the NSCAA's Team Academic Award while she was the head coach.

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