Cardinal Capsule: Derek Shanahan

Nov. 1, 2001


Sport: Men's Soccer
Year: Senior
Height: 5-8
Events: Midfielder
Hometown: St. Charles, Ill.
High School:St. Charles
Stanford Athletics Highlights:Has started all ten games for the Cardinal this season ... Has scored five goals, recorded three assists and tallied 13 points ... Seasoned veteran that provides depth and leadership at the midfield position ... A starter for all 22 matches in 2000, Shanahan garnered Honorable Mention All-Conference honors ... Named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team.

The Stanford soccer team will be fun to watch this year because:
Our new style of play is going to make every game exciting, our talent pool has gotten larger every year, and the Hooligans promise to spice up the crowd atmosphere!

I've got a few...D, Dshan, Cheatah, Raneran, and Humphrey Gardunkel.

Favorite Food:
Pumpkin Pie.

Favorite non-soccer activity:
Laughing uncontrollably and having long, deep conversations with close friends.

Favorite Music Artist:
Trey Anastasio, and lately Howie Day.

Favorite TV Show:
The Sopranos.

One word that describes you:

A friend from another college soccer team:
Kevin Brady, Jay Lindgren and Jay Demerit-all play for Illinois-Chicago.

Something about yourself that few people know:
I am going to graduate eventually.

Nobody knows how much I like:
That moment when you realize that whatever just happened changed your mood from really bad to really great. I dwell on those moments.

Favorite Athlete:
Kevin Koitz.

Favorite midnight snack:
Italian Ice or frozen yogurt..

Favorite website: or

If you were going on a road trip and could only take one CD, which one would you take:
Phish- Live at the Hamptons.

The best advice I ever received was:
' Don't use excuses', from Pieter Lehrer, our former assistant coach.

My most prized possession is:
my cell phone...duh.

If you could play another sport at Stanford, what would it be:

Opponent you would most like to beat:
Each team that's beaten us since I've been here.

The best part about being a student-athlete at Stanford is:
Getting to hang out with our trainer, Perry Archibald, every day...No kidding.

Somewhere you have never been that you would most like to visit:
Mardi Gras.

Most influential person in your life:
My sister, Nancy.

Favorite gameday or pre-tournament meal:
Breakfast foods...cereal and pancakes.

If I won $1 million dollars, I would:
Buy a car and let someone who knew what they were doing invest the rest.

Favorite actor and actress:
Brad Pitt or Kevin Spacey and Julia Roberts.

What I like most about my hometown:
The environment back home allowed me to end up in a place like this, where opportunity is around every corner.

Which of your teammates do you admire the most and why:
Clayton Peters and George Michalopoulos...both for different reasons. Each has spent endless hours working hard for this team and it's effort to win a National Championship, without having the opportunity to play sitting right in front of them.

Current of former Stanford athlete I most enjoy watching perform:
Roger Levesque...the guy is just silky smooth on the ball. He's a ballerina in cleats.

After my Stanford career is over, I'd like to be remembered as:
One of the guys that in a short time made Stanford Men's Soccer the absolute best program in the country, capped off with it's first National Championship.

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