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Danielle Fotopoulos

Inducted 2015

Born in Camp Hill, Pa., Danielle Fotopoulos moved to Florida and grew up in Altamonte Springs. Attending Lyman High School in Longwood, she lettered in six varsity sports – soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, cross country and basketball. She was a conference singles champion in tennis, earned All-State honors in swimming & diving, and led her cross country team to a state title. But soccer is where she truly made her mark. Scoring 129 goals and notching 86 assists during her prep career, Fotopoulos was named an All-American twice and was an All-State selection three times. Additionally, she led Lyman to three soccer state championships in her four years there.

Fotopoulos made a seamless transition from the prep level to the collegiate level after choosing to attend Southern Methodist University. She scored 20 goals and earned All-South Region honors as a freshman. As a sophomore, she led the nation in goals scored (32) and was selected as a First Team All-American. After the season, Fotopoulos transferred back home to the Sunshine State to play for the Florida Gators, whose soccer program was just beginning. Her junior year saw her blossom into a superstar; she was named a Second Team All-American and earned both the SEC Player of the Year and SEC Tournament MVP. That same year, 1996, she would also see her first action as part of the US Women’s National Team.

After a year off due to injury, Fotopoulos led the Gators to a national championship in 1998. During her senior season she would set the NCAA career mark for most goals scored (118) across both divisions – men and women. Fotopoulos added to her long list of awards by taking home the 1998 Honda Award, the 1998 NSCAA National Player of the Year, and the 1998 Times National Player of the Year, among others. In 1999, she would also be a member of the second US Women’s National Team to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

After her playing career ended, Fotopoulos went into coaching. Her and her husband became the co-head coaches of Louisiana State University in 2004. In 2006, she returned to Gainesville and became an assistant for the Gators. Currently, she is the head coach for Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.