Valerie Henderson enters her second season as an assistant coach with the San Francisco State women's soccer team. She played a key role in the Gators' first winning season since 2010.
Henderson was a team captain and four-year starting goalkeeper (2004-07) at UCLA. Named a 2007 NSCAA Scholar All-American and a 2004 Freshman
All-American, she helped lead the Bruins to four straight NCAA Women's College Cups, including two championship game appearances. Henderson currently holds the record at UCLA for career wins (76).
In addition to her collegiate experience, Henderson brings a wealth of international experience to the Gators. While at UCLA, Henderson competed for the USA at the 2006 FIFA World Youth Championships in Russia and was named Woman of the Match after a shutout victory versus France. She also helped the USA U-23 Team defeat Germany in the 2008 Nordic Cup Championship and did not allow a goal over the course of the tournament.
Following her collegiate career, Henderson was drafted in the third round of the 2009 WPS draft by the Los Angeles Sol, where she played from March 2009 to March 2010. She then played for the Philadelphia Independence, also of the WPS, from March 2010 to August 2011. Henderson most recently played professionally for the KIF Örebro women's professional soccer team based in Örebro, Sweden.
Henderson opened her college coaching career as an assistant for the San Jose State Spartans in 2011 before moving abroad to lead sports leadership programs for underprivileged communities in Chile and Paraguay.
Henderson came to the Gators after spending the previous year teaching English and coaching soccer at Oakland Charter High School in Oakland, CA.
The native of Orinda, Calif. earned a B.S. in English from UCLA in 2007. In January 2013, Henderson earned her National "C" Coaching License from the U.S. Soccer Federation.
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