Dr. Bass Got Gator Glory
Of all the doctors that have traveled with the U.S. Women's National Teams over the the years, Dr. Danielle Bass is unique.
Well, she is the first team doc to have won an NCAA title in women's soccer.
As a junior at the University of Florida in 1998, she was a member of the Gator team that defeated the University of North Carolina, 1-0, on a free-kick goal from 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup champion Danielle Fotopolous.
Bass did not see action in the match, but she got the ring!
Bass, who currently works at Weiss Hospital in Chicago, is a family medicine/sports medicine doctor and is on her first trip with a U.S. WNT.
After graduating from UF with a degree in Zoology, she attended medical school at Florida State University (yes, it was not easy being in Seminole country, but she surived) and did her residency at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn. Ill, a suburb of Chicago. She then did her sports medicine fellowship at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif.
"I enjoy working with these girls," said Bass. "They are great athletes and I feel like I can relate to their experience as competitive soccer players. They are very conscientious about taking care of their bodies and they are great to work with."
And as they all enter college over the next two years, they will be working for something that Bass already has. No, not the medical degree. At least not yet. They'll be wanting one of them NCAA titles.
Who is that kid in Gator blue?