Jan. 28, 2005
Just over two weeks after accepting the head coaching position at Florida State, new FSU boss Mark Krikorian made the first addition to his staff Friday. The former U-19 National Team coach brought another highly visible member of the National Team program on board with the hiring of current U-17 National Team head coach Erica Walsh as his assistant. Walsh has seven years experience coaching college soccer as well including a three-year run as head coach of Dartmouth College.
“I am thrilled to have Erica join our staff,” said Krikorian. “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.”
“I am excited about joining Mark, the Florida State women’s soccer program and the University as a whole,” said Walsh. “One look at the facility and it is obvious FSU is very committed to this program. It is a great selling point along with being in the ACC, which is a new challenge for me. I look forward to joining this nationally competitive program.”
Walsh has served as the US U-17 National Team Head Coach since December. Prior to that position she 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 with the U-19’s, Walsh was an assistant at Lehigh University. She also spent five years at Dartmouth College as an assistant 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 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 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. We had a chance to compete against each other a couple of times when I was at Hartford so I have known her for quite some time. 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.