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Andrea Hauksdottir

School

South Florida

Position
Midfielder
Major
Management

Classroom

Andrea Hauksdottir has acclimated exceptionally well to academics in the United States. While her time is split between the classroom and the soccer field, she has still posted a 3.58 GPA in her time at South Florida. Hauksdottir is working toward a degree in management, which will prepare her well for life outside the game of soccer.

Being both an athlete and a student is difficult in and of itself, but Hauksdottir has had to acclimate to the academic system in the United States as well. Transitioning to a different education system in a new country is difficult, but Hauksdottir has tackled the problems with fervor and is on pace to graduate this spring.

Hauksdottir is a regular member of the USF Athletics Honor Roll and has also been recognized for her athletic achievements by the American Athletic Conference. The Icelander has been named to the American All-Academic Team in each of her three years at the university.

Character

Hauksdottir exemplifies all of the positive associations of the word “character.” Her work with the team, matched with personal difficulties she has fought through, has cast a bright light on the best parts of her character. On the field, Hauksdottir is a leader who shows the habits of good sportsmanship. In her collegiate career spanning 60 games, the senior has only received two cards. More than that, she’s a leader on the team. She has a way of making sure that everyone is doing their best to benefit the squad and that everyone feels as if they are a major part of the team effort.

Hauksdottir makes sure that in everything she does on the pitch the team comes before herself. One of the areas that this is shown is in her pass-first mentality, which has generated 18 assists in her career. She truly personifies the team ideology of being “all in.”

Overall, she has had to overcome the challenges of moving to a new country. The Icelander moved to the United States for college and has adapted to all of the cultural differences to excel in every aspect of being a student-athlete.

Community

Hauksdottir is a common face to see when the Bulls volunteer in the community. In her time with the women’s soccer team, the senior has volunteered for 20 hours with local charitable organizations. Hauksdottir has also made a point to assist growing the game in the Tampa Bay area. She has volunteered to help coach youth players, and she also follows through to encourage them as they develop by showing up at youth games for players she has met in through volunteering.

Over the last three years, Hauksdottir has also volunteered at organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club and Paint Your Heart Out. Her work as a student-athlete has benefitted countless nonprofits, which in turn are able to serve the municipalities in which they exist.

In addition to her volunteer work, Hauksdottir works with Head Coach Denise Schilte-Brown to host the coach’s leadership academy for children in the community. As part of the academy, Hauksdottir teaches principles of leadership and general elements of personal growth. These instructions can include utilizing body language and temperament while also mentoring the kids before and after participation in the academy. This is a prime example of Hauksdottir using her status as a student-athlete to benefit the local community.

Competition

Hauksdottir has dominated on the pitch. The 2018 American Athletic Conference Midfielder of the Year has scored 14 goals in her career and is now moving into her fourth season as a starter with the Bulls. The Icelander has started every game of her collegiate career and is a crucial cog on both sides of the ball for the Bulls. As one of the critical pieces to the Bulls’ success, she is one of two South Florida players placed on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List for 2019.

Historically, Hauksdottir has also been recognized for her abilities on the field. For her outstanding 2018 season, she was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-South Region First Team and to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team. In 2017, she was named to the American All-Tournament Team for her performance during the conference tournament, where she put up 200 minutes of solid defensive effort to generate back-to-back shutouts to win the conference title. She was also selected for the 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region Second Team. For her rookie season, she was selected for the American All-Rookie Team.

In the stat book, Hauksdottir has shown what she is made of repeatedly. The midfielder is currently tied for fourth in USF’s all-time assists list. She also ranks eighth on USF’s single-season assist list for her efforts during the 2017 season when she tallied eight assists. Hauksdottir has also represented Iceland at both the youth and full national team level in various competitions.