I was lucky to play for amazing coaches during my 21 years as a soccer player. When I played for World Class Soccer Club in Connecticut, my coaches Tom Goodman and Ed Gardiner taught me to love the game and to make sacrifices to succeed. I missed my junior prom to go to a tournament where I stood out to Syracuse Coach April Kater. In my 4 years as a starter and all time leading scorer at Syracuse, April taught me how to read the opponent and fine tune my skills as a forward. After college, I played semi pro with the Boston Renegades. Peter Bradley taught me that regardless of age or level, every practice should be fun. He also taught me flexibility in positioning and FINALLY how to fix my first touch! I was named MVP of the National Championship playing a position I learned one month before! All of these coaches helped me on my path to making a dream come true: playing professionally. I made the Boston Breakers in the WUSA in 2003. I played under Pia Sundhage who went on to coach the USWNT to 2 Olympic gold medals and currently coaches the Brazilian Women's National Team. I have taken lessons, drills, tips, ideas and wisdom from these amazing coaches to shape my coaching style.
As a Player:
After 18 years in the elementary classroom, I have shifted careers to instructional design. This changes has energized me while also bringing a sense of peace and balance to my life.
It is not always easy coaching your own children in youth sports. I have coached both of my children teams in Pre-K through travel team. As they grown and develop they need different things from me as both a coach and a mom. Communication is vital to maintain both relationships.