Trotter Named Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Upstate
Spartanburg, S.C. – Former U.S. Women's National Team member and Florida State All-American India Trotter has been named the assistant women's soccer coach at USC Upstate, head coach Abby Minihan and the Athletic Department announced Friday.
Trotter, who has spent the last two seasons as a volunteer coach at Syracuse, brings a highly accomplished playing career to the staff that is headed by Minihan, who was a standout player at Michigan and who also played international and professional soccer.
"I'm extremely excited to work with Abby and help bring her vision to light with the USC Upstate women's soccer team," said Trotter. "Her wealth of knowledge will no doubt help this team reach its potential and I am very happy to be a part of that effort.
"I am very excited and look forward to working with the Upstate team. I hope that my past experiences can help us reach our goals and that we can improve our record from last year. From what I can gather, and from whom I've met already, they are a great group of girls with vibrant personalities. My only hope is to help contribute to their success on and off the field."
Trotter was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team from 2006-09 and was an alternate for the 2007 World Cup and 2008 Beijing Olympics squads. Her stint with the U.S. Women's National Team came at the same time she enjoyed a solid professional soccer career. Following her widely successful college career at Florida State, she was drafted by the St. Louis Athletica in the Women's Professional Soccer Draft in 2008. She went on the play for the New Jersey Sky and Atlanta Beat in the WPS. She ended her professional career playing for Dalsjofors in the Elite Division in Sweden.
Trotter made a name for herself as a college player at Florida State. She was a four-year member of the Seminoles squad from 2003-06 and helped lead Florida State to tremendous success. The Seminoles were 67-21-9 overall and 22-9-5 in the ACC during her time in the program. She helped lead Florida State to four-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, three appearances in the College Cup (2003, 2005-06) and as a finalist in the national championship game in 2005.
"I am so happy to have India as a part of our program at Upstate," said Minihan. "Her attitude, experience and level of professionalism will certainly help us improve and achieve success."
Trotter finished her Florida State career with 24 goals, 18 assists and 66 points. She ranks ninth all-time in scoring, ninth all-time in goals and third all-time in games played. She was a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Herman Trophy award as the nation's top collegiate soccer player in 2006 and was a finalist for the Honda Award. She was named a Freshman All-American by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz in 2003 and earned Second Team All-America honors by the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz in 2005. She was a three-time first team All-ACC selection (2004-06). She was also a standout in the classroom, earning first team Scholar All-America honors from the NSCAA in 2005, was an ACC Academic Honor Roll selection and earned ESPN the Magazine All-District first team honors in 2005. She graduated from Florida State with a bachelor's degree in Media Productions in 2007.
A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Trotter was a standout at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She helped lead her prep team to three 5A State Final Four appearances. She was a three-time All-Broward/Dade team member and finished her high school career with 62 goals and 47 assists. She played club soccer for Team Boca.