Danielle Ruth Garrett Fotopoulos has won at every level of soccer and on Sunday evening she will share her wisdom and experiences during the NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championship Tournament Recognition Banquet at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place.
Fotopoulos is the current head coach at Eckerd College and as a former player still holds the NCAA Division I record for goals and points, winning a national title with the University of Florida in 1998. She finished her college career with 118 goals and 284 total points and was an All-American three times. She was the NSCAA National Player of the Year in 1998 and ESPN.com/Soccer Times National Player of the Year in 1998.
In 1999, Fotopoulos was a member of the United States women's soccer team that won the FIFA Women's World Cup. After that, she played for the Carolina Courage in the Women's United Soccer Association and won the league championship in 2002.
"I am really excited for Danielle to speak at the banquet. Danielle is a dynamic speaker and is a winner. She has won at every level and we are excited to have her share her insight into success on and off the field," Eastern Florida State College Associate Vice President of Athletics jeff Carr said. "We are also going to be recognizing eight individuals that will be inducted into the NJCAA Women's Soccer Hall of Fame. It will be a great banquet."
Now Fotopoulos coaches multiple teams at the Tampa Bay United soccer club and is a partner for the semi-pro team Tampa Bay Hellenic.
At Eckerd, Fotopoulos has won 50 games in her eight seasons and led the program to the Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference Championship Tournament for the first time in 2012.
The Pennsylvania native will welcome the 12 teams that will be playing for the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament at Titan Soccer Complex on the Melbourne campus. Games will begin Monday with first round games beginning at 10 a.m. Daily admission passes will be available at the field for $10 for adults and $7 for students. Kids five and under are free.