Elise Edwards
Elise Edwards
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach

Elise Edwards returns for her 10th season as a Butler assistant, where she serves as the program's goalkeeping coach. The former All-America candidate goalkeeper from Stanford University has a wide range of experience, both as a player and coach. Edwards served as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan for two seasons (1994-95) following her playing career.

Edwards, originally from Madison, Wis., arrived at Stanford and had an immediate impact on the women's soccer program. Alongside All-Americans Julie Foudy (who went on to compete in four World Cups and three Olympic Games) and Sarah Rafanelli, Edwards and the Cardinal posted a record of 43-22-10 in her four-year career. Edwards led Stanford to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1990.

The standout still tops the Stanford career charts in minutes played in goal (6,365 in 71 career matches) and saves (409). Her goals against average of 0.78 is the fifth-best mark in the program's history, while her 35 shutouts are third in the Stanford record book. Edwards was a two-time captain and three-time Most Valuable Player for the Cardinal, earning All-Far West honors from 1988-90.

Edwards was a member of the 1989-91 U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Pool under legendary coach Anson Dorrance. She was a two-time starting goalie for the West squad at the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival (1989-90).

Following her graduation, Edwards played in the Japan Women's Professional Soccer League from 1992-94, including as the starting goalkeeper on the 1993 national champion Nikko Securities squad. She also served as an assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer in the Japan league.

In April 2010, Edwards was honored by Butler as a Woman of Distinction. The award goes annually to a person in the Butler community who is described as an outstanding leader who has shown commitment and dedication to improving the Butler community and who reaches out to others while valuing herself; has created a vision and moves others toward that vision; has defined a clear role for herself in today's changing environment; faces challenges head on and is decisive and persistent; carries herself with dignity and pride, but never with vanity; and is a serious woman who rules her life with energy, integrity and love.

Edwards graduated from Stanford in 1991 with a degree in international relations. She went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in anthropology. Currently, she is an assistant professor in Butler's department of history and anthropology.