Nia Walcott, an active player on Trinidad & Tobago's Women's National Team, shields the ball from USWNT legend Carli Lloyd during a 2015 friendly.
Coach Nia Walcott grew up playing soccer in Bladensburg, MD, for Freestate ECNL and Elizabeth Seton High School. She currently has her USSF "F" License.
She joined Total Futbol in 2015. Her primary role with the organization is with our MSI teams. During the 2015-16 season, she served as an assistant with U9, U10, U12, and Centers of Excellence (COE) programs. She also has experience as a head coach and five years of experience working summer soccer camps.
An extremely accomplished player, Nia played from 2011-2015 at Howard University in Washington, DC. She was a key component in the attack, tying for the team lead in goals scored during her senior year. She served as team captain in both her junior and senior years. Beyond her time with the Bison, she has also represented Trinidad & Tobago at the international level. She has represented the country from the U-17 level up to the full national side.
If you really want to make it as a soccer player, you need to be on the ball every day, especially as a young player."
Nia had an illustrious college playing career at Howard University, leading the Bison to a program-record 13 victories en route to the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) regular season and tournament championships. The SWAC Tournament title was the first conference championship in Howard women's soccer history. Nia was named to the All-SWAC First Team and was a SWAC All-Tournament selection — her standout performance led to her being featured in the October 27, 2014 issue of Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd."
Q&A with Coach Walcott
Why do you love soccer?
I love soccer because it is a way for me to express my creativity, challenge myself, and bond with family and friends.
What is your favorite memory as a player?
My favorite memory as a player has to be playing with Trinidad & Tobago against the US National Team during their victory tour – that was the biggest crowd I’d ever played in front of. Either that, or the summer I spent with the U-17 youth national team preparing for the FIFA U-17 Womens World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.
What is your favorite memory as a coach?
I’ve had a lot of fond memories as a coach. One year, we organized a parents vs. players soccer game as an end-of-the-year celebration, and it was so much fun.
What is the best part about playing on the Trinidad & Tobago National Team?
Traveling the world, and meeting all kinds of different people, players and coaches alike. Playing under all types of different coaching styles is a constant and welcome challenge.
What is the main difference between soccer in the U.S. and internationally?
Style of play. To me, international players seem to play with more flair. It’s fun to watch.
What advice do you have for young players?
Be disciplined. If you really want to make it as a soccer player, you need to be on the ball every day, especially as a young player.