Allie Harrison checks in from Honolulu, where USC is ready to face the Rainbow Wahine!
Trojan All-American and international all-star Ashley Nick enters her second season as director of operations for USC women's soccer. Nick, arguably one of the most talented players to compete for the Women of Troy, was a 2007 All-American and captain of USC's 2007 NCAA Championship team. Her soccer resume shines with international experience gained after her graduation from USC in 2009 as a general studies major with a teaching credential in elementary education.
"I am very excited to have one of the greatest Trojans ever to represent this women's soccer team to be returning to the program," Khosroshahin said of Nick. "Not only is Ashley so bright and capable of excelling in this position, it will be so great to have someone who can mentor the team. She can really offer the ladies a great perspective on leadership and maturity, and her soccer experience is so vast as well."
Nick stood out as one of the most skilled center midfielders in Trojan history during her USC playing career from 2005-08. A junior captain on USC's 2007 NCAA Championship team, Nick was a 2007 All-American and a two-time All-Pac-10 First Team honoree. Following her graduation in 2009, Nick went overseas to play professional soccer in the Netherlands and Norway. She was named captain of FC Twente, where she played two seasons and helped the team win the Dutch Championship and compete in the Champions League. Following that, she played in Norway for Arna Bjørnar, where she was named the team's Biggest Impact Player and helped the squad to the bronze medal in the Norwegian league.
"It means so much to me to join the staff here at USC," Nick said. "I'm honored to have this position and I hope I can help bring some knowledge of the tradition we have here and what it takes to win another national championship."
Team captain Nick started and play in every game during her senior season... Named to the NSCAA All-Region Second Team, Nick was also an All-Pac-10 First Team honoree... Scored five goals and was second on the team with six assists to finish with 16 points in the season... Had the game-winning goal against Cal on Oct. 31.
2007: Team co-captain Nick became one of USC's six NSCAA All-Americans, named to the Second Team after a junior season in which the powerful midfielder started all 25 games - a program record... Nick scored four goals and had three assists... Scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime against Missouri to get USC its first-ever win in the NCAA Second Round... In addition to honors as a NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-American, was named to SoccerBuzz All-America Second Team... Earned regional honors as SoccerBuzz First Team All-West Region and NSCAA/adidas First Team All-West Region... Also named to All-Pac-10 First Team.
2006: Nick started 20 of 21 games as a sophomore... Tallied two goals and one assist on the year... Against UNLV on Sept. 17, assisted on the first goal and then scored USC's fourth in the win... Scored USC's only goal against UCLA on Oct. 15... Earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
2005: Nick appeared in all 21 games as a freshman, getting the starting nod in six games of USC's first seven games... Registered an assist in the second game of the year when USC beat Indiana 6-0.
NATIONAL TEAMS: Nick competed with the under-23 U.S. national team in 2008 training in Spain... Trained with under-17 and under-20 U.S. national teams.
HIGH SCHOOL: Nick was a 2005 SoccerBuzz Top 25 recruit... Was an All-CIF first team selection as a senior and a first team All-Pacific League selection all four seasons for soccer at Arcadia High in Monrovia, Calif... Also selected to 2003 and 2004 all-league first team for volleyball... Named 2005 Athlete of the Year at Arcadia... 2005 Scholar Athlete... Also played one season of softball... Honor student all four years... Played club soccer for SASC Double Trouble, MVSC Elite, SASC Strikers and Slammers... Won state and regional club titles as an U-13, U-16 and U-17... Member of ODP state and regional team from 2000-2005... Won 2004 ODP national championship.
PERSONAL: Nick is majoring in general studies and would like to become a first-grade teacher... Parents are Greg and Kristy, both USC graduates... Has one brother, Devon... Uncles Bruce and Clay Matthews also attended USC and played football for the Trojans and in the NFL...Cousins Kyle and Clay Matthews also played football at USC (Clay is currently on the 2007 Trojan team)... Favorite movies are `The Notebook' and `The Ring' and favorite TV shows are `CSI' and `Law and Order'...Birthdate is Oct. 27, 1987.