Erin Otagaki Joins Purdue Soccer Staff

July 14, 2004

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Former Washington player and volunteer coach Erin Otagaki was hired as an assistant coach with the Purdue women's soccer team, head coach Robert Klatte announced. She began working with Klatte and assistant coach Sue Moynihan on July 1.

'I'm very excited to be joining such a knowledgeable staff,' said Otagaki. 'Purdue has a very strong soccer program, and I look forward to coaching the girls; I know they will do extremely well this season.'

Otagaki leaves a Washington program after six years. In her four seasons as a player, Otagaki competed in three NCAA tournaments and won the Pac-10 championship in 2000. She has spent the last two seasons in Seattle as a volunteer assistant coach, assisting in practices and recruiting efforts.

In addition to volunteering her time to the Huskies, Otagaki also coached both club and ODP teams and directed soccer camps. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Otagaki has already earned her NSCAA Regional Diploma, NSCAA goalkeeping license and U.S. soccer 'C' license.

During her tenure at Washington, Otagaki was heavily involved in the community, volunteering her time at a children's hospital, church mission and community center. In 2000, Otagaki served on a UW intercollegiate advisory committee, sharing ideas to benefit student-athletes both athletically and academically.

'We are fortunate to bring in an individual who possesses a great deal of intelligence and enthusiasm,' said Klatte. 'Erin has spent time as a player and as a coach working for one of the best staffs in the country, and I truly believe that her experiences at Washington will help our program. She is a great communicator, and that was proved on her visit as she connected with everyone she met.'

'I felt welcomed by everyone when I visited Purdue,' said Otagaki. 'This is a great opportunity for me to work at such a prestigious institution, which is renowned for both its athletics and academics.'

Academics have played a significant role in Otagaki's career at Washington. In addition to being named to the Dean's List several times, she was twice named Pac-10 Conference All-Academic Honorable Mention and in 2001 was tabbed as UW's Soccer Scholar Athlete.

In 2002, Otagaki was involved with the Wing Luke Asian Museum Sports Project and attended meetings to develop an exhibit highlighting Asian-American athletes in the Seattle community. Otagaki, herself, was a featured athlete in the museum last year.

Otagaki earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Washington in December of 2001. In March of 2004, Otagaki received a masters' degree in secondary education.

Otagaki graduated from Honolulu's Punahou High School in 1997, where she helped lead her team to a pair of third-place showings at the Hawaii state championships (1994, 1997). Otagaki also participated in the Olympic Development Program regional pool from 1995-96.

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