Stephanie Lopez Cox

Stephanie Lopez CoxStephanie Lopez-Cox is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the top young defenders in the world. She is also the first woman of Hispanic descent to ever play on the U.S. Women’s National Team. Her natural skill and speed combined with her leadership and unwavering composure make Stephanie one of the brightest stars on the U.S. Women's National Team. Stephanie shares the same work ethic off the field. She is very committed to raising awareness for both individuals and organizations in need and can be found donating much of her spare time to causes within her own community, nationally and internationally. Stephanie attended the University of Portland, where she helped lead her team to an undefeated record of 23-0-2 and an NCAA Championship and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team as a sophomore. The following season, she led the Pilots to 11 straight wins and 10 shutouts and helped her team advance to the NCAA quarterfinals. That year, after the World Cup, Stephanie had a chance to forgo her remaining collegiate eligibility and become a salaried player with Team USA, but loyalty to her team and prior commitments led her back to Portland where she graduated with a 3.7 GPA and a psychology degree and a Spanish minor in December of 2007. In 2007, Stephanie received the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award, which is presented to the collegiate athlete who best demonstrates excellence in the classroom and remarkable character within the community, as well as success in athletic competition. In addition to being an extremely successful soccer player, Stephanie is dedicated to bettering the world around her. Having grown up in a foster home where her parents have cared for 88 different foster children to date, Stephanie was taught from a very young age to appreciate everything and to never take anything for granted. She has assisted her parents in leading a group of teens to Egypt to paint an orphanage, traveled to the Bahamas to clear land for construction of a learning center, traveled to Mexico to serve meals to American missionaries and was part of a team that created a Hurricane Katrina fundraiser in 2005. She recently became a spokesperson for Casey Family Services which is the country's largest foster care organization. Her former University of Portland Pilots’ coach, Garrett Smith, said, “Stephanie has been a wonderful ambassador for our soccer program and the University. On the field, Stephanie is the ultimate team player and makes everyone around her better, but that pales in comparison to the impact that she has on others off the field.” Stephanie lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, former Portland University baseball player Brian Cox. In 2009, she played for the Los Angeles Sol in the inaugural season of the Women's Professional Soccer league. She currently plays for the Boston Breakers.

Former soccer winner finds new ways to impact her community after graduation

November 15, 2010

The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award is a portrait of a well-rounded student-athlete, who is not only successful on the field and in the classroom, but demonstrates compassion and service in their communit… Continue Reading…
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