March 20, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After serving as a volunteer assistant for the Thundering Herd in the fall, Erika Duncan (Easthaven, Scotland) has been named assistant coach for Marshall women’s soccer, coach Kevin Long announced, Thursday.
“We are thrilled to have Erika joining us on a full-time basis,” Long said. “Over the last year, we saw first-hand what her impact here would look like and now, being able to devote more time and energy to the Marshall program means we can expect even more from her.”
Duncan returned to the Marshall women's soccer program for the fall 2013 season as one of the most decorated players in Thundering Herd history. A four-year letterwinner at forward from 2007-2010, she holds the Marshall record for most career goals (23) and most career game winning goals (eight). In 2009, she tied for most consecutive matches with a goal (four). She boasts the second-most career shots with 140; third-most career points with 54 and twice tied for third-most goals in a season with nine (2008, 2009).
“I am very excited to begin my collegiate coaching career at my alma mater,” Duncan said. “Marshall has become my home away from home and I can’t express enough how grateful I am to have been given this opportunity. I also can’t thank Kevin enough for allowing me to continue being a part of such a great team and program that will continue to grow in its success.”
Long spoke of Duncan’s immeasurable contribution to the Herd during her time as volunteer assistant.
“Erika bleeds Green and White – we can’t develop a passion for the Herd that Erika intrinsically carries with her,” Long said. “She will use that pride in making sure Marshall women’s soccer is always striving to be the very best we can be.”
Other accolades Duncan collected during her career include second team All-C-USA in (2009, 2010), C-USA Player of the Week (2008, 2010), second team NSCAA All-Region (2010), honorable mention NSCAA Scholar All-Region (2009), second team Academic All-C-USA (2009) and C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (2007-10).
Prior to Marshall, Duncan played for the Scottish women's national team at the U17 and U19 levels and was a squad player for the full national team.
After she graduated with a bachelor's in exercise science in 2011, Duncan decided to continue her career at Marshall by pursuing a master's degree in sport administration, graduating in May 2013. During graduate school she worked as a personal trainer at the Marshall Campus Recreation Center.
Duncan has been working with the West Virginia Soccer Club girl's academy since 2011. She is the U10 head coach and assists the U14 girls team. She holds a U.S. Soccer D Coaching License.
“One of the first things that stands out about Erika is her love for the game and her pursuit of her soccer education,” Long said. “I am confident that we are on the front end of a very successful coach’s career.”
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