Deana Waintraub Stafford will enter her third year with the Golden Gophers in 2014. While she works primarily with the goalkeepers, Waintraub is involved in multiple areas of the program.
This past season under Waintraub's guidance, freshman Tarah Hobbs had a stand out season as she became the first Golden Gopher to earn the coveted Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year award. In her collegiate debut, Hobbs led the Big Ten in saves with 122 and had a save percentage of .836. She posted four Big Ten shutouts while picking up numerous honors including three Big Ten Weekly Honors, All-Big Ten First Team, All-Big Ten Freshman Team, NCAA Division I Women's All-Great Lakes Region Second Team, Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 Freshmen Postseason List (22) and the Top Drawer Soccer's Freshman Best XI Second Team. In addition to her successful season, Hobbs was also invited to two U20 National Team camps.
During her debut tenure, Waintraub helped coach senior goalkeeper Cat Parkhill finish her career as Minnesota's leader in goalkeeper minutes with 7,648:25 and to sit second on the school's leaderboard with 1.00 GAA, 46 wins, and 26.2 career shutouts, and rank third with 273 total saves.
Waintraub joined Coach Golan's staff at Army in January 2012 and followed her to Minnesota during the coaching transition. Prior to joining Golan's staff at Army, Waintraub spent the previous three years holding that same position at Slippery Rock (2009-10) and Catawba (2011).
The 2009 Dayton graduate, who played for Team Ontario and trained with the National Team Pool, coached Slippery Rock to a 0.8345 goals-against average and 18 shutouts during her two-year association. Slippery Rock recorded a 14-3-5 mark in 2010 and went on to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament, defeating West Virginia Wesleyan, 3-1, in a first round game.
After earning her Master's of Education in Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction with a 4.0 GPA from Slippery Rock, Waintraub headed to Catawba. In addition to taking over goalkeeper duties with the Indians, Waintraub coached the North Carolina ODP Team and served as the FCCA Director of Coaching in Rowan County.
Waintraub, who joins Golan and assistant coach Krystle Seidel on the staff, enjoyed an outstanding collegiate and academic career. She earned Atlantic 10 first team all-conference honors and first team All-Ohio accolades during her junior and senior years at Dayton, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in education with a concentration in physical education.
She was named to the University Dean's List, the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll, Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, All-Ohio First Team All-Academic and a Flyers 3.5 Honoree.
Prior to attending Dayton, Waintraub spent her freshman and sophomore years at the University of Louisville. She was selected the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week, was on the University Dean's List, the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and was a Red and Black Scholar Athlete (GPA 3.5 or above).
At Slippery Rock, Waintraub was a recipient of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance-Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship for graduate students.
A native of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, Waintraub spent her summers playing with the Toronto Lady Lynx W-League Team and the OP Eagles W-League Team.
Waintraub and husband Nicholas Stafford currently reside in the Twin Cities area and are expecting a baby girl in June.
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