Director of Jerry Smith Coaching For Life Academy
Danielle Slaton is the Director of the Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy, which uses the transformative power of sport to teach people the leadership and life skills that will propel them toward success in education, business, sports, and life.
Slaton is a graduate of Santa Clara University and captained the women’s soccer team to the 2001 NCAA National Championship. She also played for the U.S. Women's National Team from 2000-05, winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics and a bronze in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. After she retired from playing, Slaton coached at Northwestern, where she also earned her Master's Degree in Sports Administration in 2010.
In addition to her role as Director, Slaton serves as an advisor to U.S. Soccer's Athlete Council and travels around the world on behalf of the U.S State Department coaching youth about the life lessons that soccer can teach. She is also a certified Positive Coaching Alliance trainer and a television soccer analyst.