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  Carolyn Valade

Carolyn Valade

Player Profile

Position:
Volunteer Assistant

Alma Mater:
Ohio '05

Carolyn Valade, the Bobcats' volunteer assistant coach, is no stranger to Ohio soccer. After playing for the Bobcats from 2000-03, including a stint as team captain, she served as a graduate assistant in 2004 and 2005. The 2006 season marked her first as a volunteer assistant with Ohio.

In addition to her coaching duties, Valade is a fifth-grade teacher at Alexander in nearby Albany.

A fierce competitor and team leader who played hard and aggressive throughout her four seasons, the native of Brighton, Mich. finished her Bobcat career third all-time in career starts (67), ninth in appearances (74) and tied for eighth in goals scored (nine).

In 2003, she scored the goal that turned the season around for Ohio. Facing double overtime against archrival Miami, Valade took a pass from fellow captain Jenn Wright and drove it past the RedHawk goalkeeper for the gamewinner. The Bobcats won five straight matches after that victory to secure their third consecutive appearance in the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals.

During the 2002 season, Valade's six goals and five assists accounted for the fourth-highest point total (17) on the team. She recorded two multiple-goal games and provided two game-winning goals and a pair of game-winning assists.

In 2001, Valade characterized the conference's most stringent defense with her physical, unrelenting play. Despite suffering a midseason knee injury, she still played in 16 games with 14 starts to help Ohio win its first outright regular-season title.

Valade's work ethic and feistiness stood out so much that she was voted the team's Most Valuable Player after starting 18 games and scoring two goals as a freshmen in 2000. That followed a prep career that saw her earn all-state and Livingston County (Mich.) Player-of-the-Year honors for Brighton High School and her state cup finalist club team, Brighton Eclipse.

Valade will soon marry Ohio wrestling assistant coach Kyle Hansen this summer.