Golan Names Seidel and Waintraub to Coaching Staff

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Stefanie Golan
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July 18, 2012

University of Minnesota head women's soccer coach Stefanie Golan has named former Golden Gopher standout Krystle Seidel and former Dayton goalkeeper Deana Waintraub as assistant coaches on the first-year head coach's staff effective immediately. Waintraub previously served as an assistant at Army under Golan while Seidel has been retained from the previous Gophers' staff.

Waintraub joins the Gopher staff after joining Golan's staff at Army this past January. While at West Point, she worked specifically with goalkeepers while also being involved in multiple areas of the program, including team travel, equipment, film breakdown and recruiting.

"I am excited to bring Deana to Minnesota from Army," said Golan. "Deana has been nothing short of impressive and excellent as we have developed a tremendous working relationship at Army. She is extremely professional, passionate, and an excellent teacher of the game. Deana was a top notch goalkeeper as a player and has emerged as a bright star as a goalkeeper coach at this level. I am confident that she will make an immediate positive impact on the Golden Gopher soccer program."

Waintraub, who graduated from University of Dayton in 2009, 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. She was also 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.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in education with a concentration in physical education.

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).

After graduating from Dayton, Waintraub joined the coaching staff at Slippery Rock as an assistant coach. During her time there, she also earned her Master's of Education in Physical Education Curriculum and instruction. Following two seasons at Slippery Rock, she headed to Catawba. In addition to taking over goalkeeper duties with the Indians, Waintraub coached the North Carolina Olympmic Development Program Team and served as the FCCA Director of Coaching in Rowan County.

Seidel, meanwhile, will remain with the program as an assistant working with the Golden Gopher field players after serving in the same capacity for three years under Mikki Denney Wright, who resigned from her position in May.

"I am thrilled to announce that Krystle will remain on staff. She was very impressive during the interview process. Krystle has the unique perspective of having played at Minnesota as well as being an integral member of the coaching staff. I know the players hold her in high regard, and she is passionate about wanting the program to continue to grow and attain great success. Her work ethic is outstanding, and her ties to the Minnesota soccer community are of utmost importance as we move forward."

The Minnesota alum carries over three years of experience with the Gopher soccer program as she worked mainly with the defensive corps. In those three seasons, she helped the Maroon & Gold tally 22 shutouts and had two seasons where they allowed fewer than 20 goals. Seidel also assisted the 2010 Minnesota squad reach the Sweet 16.

Seidel joined the staff fresh off her senior season with the Golden Gophers where she patrolled the defense and led them to the top of both the Big Ten and NCAA charts. As a starter in every match in 2008, Seidel helped lead the Golden Gophers to the best record in school history (22-4-0) and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Defensively, the Gophers earned 17 shutouts in 2008, which led the league, set a Big Ten record and ranked fifth nationally with a shutout rate of more than 65%.Seidel and her teammates on the backline also produced the Big Ten's best goals against average (0.45) on their way to allowing a league-low 12 goals.

On the sidelines, Seidel's coaching career began in 2004 with the Woodbury Soccer Association. There she had been the head coach for the Woodbury Azzurri U-14 team, while assisting on the Woodbury Inferno U-17 team. In addition, she has instructed several Olympic Development Program players, Regional Team players and National Pool players. After finishing her playing career, Seidel joined the Minnesota staff in the spring of 2009 as a volunteer coach. She earned her NSCAA National Diploma in January 2010.

"Krystle is a tremendous young coach with a bright future, and I couldn't be more excited to work with her."

Golan has yet to assign various duties to either assistant coach, but the first-year Gopher coach hopes to analyze each coach's strengths and finalize their roles within the next week.