Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State soccer head coach Blair Quinn has added Ashley Botts to his staff as a graduate assistant. She arrived in Las Cruces following an All-America career at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich.
“I’m very excited about Ashley joining our staff,” Quinn said. “Ashley is an attacking-minded person, which is going to help us tremendously.”
A forward, Botts was a four-year starter for the Lakers from 2009-12. She led GVSU to a pair of NCAA Division II National Championships in 2009 and 2010 and an 84-4-13 record in her tenure. At the conclusion of her career, she ranked third on GVSU’s all-time list in total points with 163 (67 goals and 29 assists) and third in career goals (67). Botts also tied for the most game-winning goals (25) and seventh in career assists (29).
As a senior in 2012, Botts earned National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) Scholar All-America of the Year, NSCAA first team All-America and second team Daktronics, Inc. All-America honors. She was a first team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selection after guiding the Lakers to a 20-2-3 record and NCAA National Semifinal appearance. Botts recorded 41 points on 18 goals and five assists including the game-winning goal in the conference tournament title match, for her fourth consecutive conference tournament crown.
In her junior campaign, Botts led GVSU to a 20-1-4 record with its lone loss, a 2-1 decision to Saint Rose College, in the NCAA National Championship game. She was named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year, GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year, first team Daktronics and NSCAA All-America, first team All-GLIAC and NCAA All-Tournament team. Botts led the Lakers and tied for first in the nation in goals with 20 and points with 51.
The Lakers won their second straight NCAA National Championship in 2010 in Botts’ sophomore season. She earned NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors after a pair of goals in the semifinal contest. She directed GVSU to a 22-1-2 record en route to first team All-GLIAC and first team NSCAA All-America honors. Botts scored 14 goals with six game winners.
As a freshman, Botts directed the Lakers to its first ever NCAA National Championship in 2009 following a 22-0-4 record. She earned third team NSCAA All-America, first team All-GLIAC and GLIAC Freshman of the Year honors. She posted 15 goals, a team high, 35 points and seven game-winning goals, including the only goal in the 1-0 win over CSU Dominguez Hills in the national title game. Botts was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team.
Botts graduated from GVSU with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science in May 2013, and she plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health at NM State.