U.S. National Team: Alternate on the 1996 Olympic Team ... Member of the 1995 U.S. Women's National Team that placed third at Sweden `95 ... Helped the team win the title at the CONCACAF Qualifying Championship in Montreal in 1994 and qualify for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Championship in Montreal in 1994 and qualify for the FIFA Women's World Championship in Sweden ... Played with the 1993 U.S. Team, champions of the CONCACAF championship in New York ... Member of the U.S. Squad that won the silver medal at the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo, NY .. Member of the silver-medal East team at the 1994 Festival in St. Louis ... First Appearance: Mar 11, 1993, vs. Denmark ... First Goal: none.
College/High School: Nominated for the Missouri Athletic Club National Player of the Year award in 1994 and 1995 ... Started all 22 regular-season games as a senior for North Carolina State in 1995 as the Wolfpack posted an 18-4-0 record and No. 9 national ranking ... Three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and All-South Region selection ... Had knee surgery tow weeks before her first season with NC State and missed the opening game, but started the remaining 17 games ... In 1992, her first season with NC State, she started all 22 games and was named the ACC Rookie of the Year in 1992 ... While attending Joppatowne High School in Joppatowne, Maryland, she recorded 81 goals and 22 assists.
Club: Played club soccer for the Columbia Crusaders of Columbia, MD, for five years.
Personal: Full name Thori Yvette Staples ... Gold Medalist in the heptathalon in the 1991 and 1992 National Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics when running for Ed Waters Track Club from Baltimore, MD ... Won state championships in long jump, 400-meter dash and 800-meter run. Assistant Soccer Coach at Virginia Tech.