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Erin Chastain On Controllable Character Traits Necessary For Success

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Erin Chastain (@ChastainErin) has served as DePaul University Women's Soccer Head Coach since 2007. Earlier, she spent five seasons at national soccer power Santa Clara University as an assistant coach. During her tenure with the Broncos, the program reached the championship game of the 2002 NCAA Championship, the semifinals in 2004 and the quarterfinals in 2005. She also helped the program to West Coast Conference titles in four of her five seasons. Erin also spent time during her first three seasons at Santa Clara working with several youth teams in the Bay Area, including the DeAnza Strykers and the North Valley Tornadoes.

Character is key to the type of players Erin recruits. Of course, she needs players with talent, but prefers those with such character traits as work ethic, motivation, drive, and commitment to being a good teammate. The good news, she says, is that unlike talent level, those character traits are all controllable.