JULIE FOUDY, Owner/Director (Julie will be at ALL sites unless there is an ESPN conflict)
Julie had a sensational soccer career while playing on the USA National Team for 17 years. She is the former Captain of the US Women's National Team. Julie was a captain on the National Team for 13 of her 17 years with the team. Julie participated in 4 Women's World Cups and 3 Olympics for the USA Team. She is a two-time World Cup Champion and she is also a 1996 Olympic Gold medalist, 2000 Olympic Silver medalist and 2004 Olympic Gold medalist. Julie finished her National Team career with 45 goals, 59 assists and 272 international appearances (caps) for the USA. Her 272 caps rank third in the world all-time, male or female.
Julie played all 3 years as Captain with the WUSA's San Diego Spirit. She was a 4 time All-American at Stanford University and was inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame. While at Mission Viejo High School, Julie won three CIF Championships and three CIF Player of the Year awards. Julie was voted Los Angeles Times' High School Player of the Decade for the 80's.
Most important to Julie, she has made a difference off the field as well. She was accepted into Stanford University's Medical School but decided not to pursue a career in medicine. Julie was the President of the Women's Sports Foundation from 2000-2002. She served on the Women's Sports Foundation Board of Directors for 7 years and was a WSF advocacy consultant for two years, with a focus on Title IX, childhood obesity, and athletes' rights issues. Julie also served on the Board of Directors for the WUSA (the professional women's soccer league) as the Player Representative. Julie currently sits on the board of Athletes for Hope (AFH), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization created by successful athletes such as Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Mia Hamm and Jackie Joyner Kersey who have a deep commitment to charitable and community causes. Julie is the global spokeswoman for Global Girl Media, a new non-profit helping young women around the world find their voice through journalism. Julie is also an ambassador for Beyond Sport, a global organization that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. Julie has been instrumental in a number of women's rights and child labor issues around the world. The world governing body of soccer, FIFA, awarded her the FIFA Fair Play Award, the first woman and American to receive the award, for her work against child labor in the stitching of soccer balls. She served as a member for the Commission on Title IX, appointed by President Bush and Secretary Paige. She has been honored numerous times for her work on behalf of Title IX. Most recently, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Smith College in 2005 and was honored by the National Women's Law Center. Julie was recently named as one of the "100 Most Influential NCAA Student-Athletes." The NCAA defines the 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes as those who have made a significant impact or major contributions to society.
Julie was inducted in the US National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007, alongside longtime teammate and friend, Mia Hamm. Julie and Mia were only the 6th and 7th women ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and the first ever ALL FEMALE induction class. Julie founded the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA) in 2006, along with her husband Ian Sawyers. The JFSLA is a unique residential camp experience that uses sports as the vehicle to teach leadership skills for life. In 2006, Julie also founded the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation (JFLF), a non-profit, 510(c)3 public charity. The mission of the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation is: Building on a foundation of sports and fitness, we empower young women from all socioeconomic backgrounds to become leaders who positively impact their communities.
She is currently an analyst for ABC/ESPN and the NBC Olympics, director of her Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academies, motivational speaker, and proud mother of two children, Isabel and Declan.
JEN ADAMS, Director of JFSLA Lacrosse
The one and only JEN ADAMS!
Considered by most to be the best women's lacrosse player of all time, Jen Adams is the head women's lacrosse coach at Loyola University Maryland and led the University of Maryland to four straight national titles while she played there from 1998-2001.
The Brighton, South Australia native was named the three-time national player of the year and was the first recipient of the Tewaaraton Trophy in 2001, given annually to the nation's best Collegiate Lacrosse Player. She is still the all-time NCAA leading scorer and still owns every University of Maryland scoring record, as she is the single season and career leader in goals, assists, and points. She is currently an Australian national team player who has, incredibly, played in FOUR World Cups, winning two and finishing as Silver Medalists in the other two.
DANA DOBBIE, Asst. Director of JFSLA Lacrosse
Dana completed her collegiate playing career in 2008 as one of the top midfielders in NCAA history.
At the University of Maryland (where she played for Jen Adams), Dana was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year and the 2008 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Midfielder of the Year.
Dana competed on the bronze medal winning Canadian National Team at the 2009 World Cup where she was named All-World after tallying a team-high 18 goals, 21 points, 58 draw controls, 11 ground balls and six caused turnovers. She was also a member of the 2003 Canadian World Championship team that won a bronze medal.
BRENDA VILLA, Director of JFSLA Water Polo
Brenda Villa is the most decorated female athlete in the world of water polo. She was the captain of the 2012 Olympic Team that brought home the Gold Medal and the 2008 Team that brought home Silver. Villa was also part of the Bronze and Silver medal Olympic teams in 2004 and 2000. FINA Magazine named her the Water Polo Player of the Decade (2000-2010). At Stanford, Villa led her team to an NCAA Championship and was named Division I Water Polo Player of the Year in 2001 and was inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame. Brenda played her high school career at Bell Gardens High School on the boy's water polo team and helped them achieve two CIF-.championships.
TAMIKA CATCHINGS, Director of JFSLA BASKETBALL
A four-time Olympic gold medalist and 16-year WNBA superstar with the Indiana Fever, Tamika has transitioned to a multi-platform entrepreneurial career that includes titles as broadcaster, business owner and president of the Catch The Stars Foundation which she founded in 2004. She also continues professional work with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, working with the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Ft. Wayne Mad Ants as director of player programs and franchise development.
Regarded for community work and professional leadership as a player, Tamika has routinely earned distinction as one of the nation’s finest citizen-athletes including acknowledgement in 2015 as the inaugural winner of the ESPN Sports Humanitarian of the Year. In 2016, she became the first two-time recipient of the WNBA’s Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award and the first three-time winner of the WNBA’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award.
On the court, Catchings matched an Olympic basketball record for men or women while earning her fourth Olympic gold medal in 2016. The 12-time All-WNBA recipient and 10-time WNBA All-Star helped lead the Fever to a league-record 12 consecutive playoff appearances, 13 overall. The 2011 league MVP and 2012 Finals MVP, she retired as the leading rebounder in WNBA history, and its No. 2 all-time scorer. She was named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year an unprecedented five times.
Tamika continues to serve as a national and international ambassador for the NBA and WNBA. She was married in February 2016 and added local business owner to her resume when she purchased a tea shop, TeasMeIndy, in March 2017.
Director of Soccer
Jaime splits time between two schools in the Chandler School District in Arizona as a high school PE teacher and a behavior specialist for an Elementary School.
She has been involved with the Legacy/RSL-AZ soccer club for 15 years and is currently serving as the Director of Recreational Training, Coordinator of the Lil' Real program, and the club Leadership Coach.
Formerly an Assistant Coach at Arizona State University.
Played goalkeeper for three seasons for the WUSA's San Diego Spirit.
Has 3 three caps with the full US Women's National Team 2001-02.
A member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team pool from 1993-97, played in two U-20 Nordic Cups in Germany and Sweden.
A three-time All-American at George Mason University.
She enjoys volunteering her time at elementary schools and running leadership/service programs for 4th and 5th graders.
Director of Academic Curriculum for the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy
Carolyn is an English teacher, Director of Leadership Programs, and Dean of New Faculty at the Blair Academy in New Jersey. Carolyn Conforti Browse has also coached softball for 25 years including a brief stint as an assistant coach for the Belgian National U16 team.
She has been named Prep Coach of the Year several times (Star Ledger, NJ Herald, Eastern Prop), but her favorite award would be the homemade one sent to her by some alums which read: “ MVP- To the person most likely to be called during times of triumph or tragedy.” Carolyn is a member of the NFCA and a two star coach. Her husband Latta Browse, is Chair of the Math department. They have two kids, Tyler and Annelies.
Kate joined the CSU Bakersfield women’s soccer coaching staff in spring of 2018.
McArthur was the head coach at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. for four seasons (2014-17). She helped turn the Big Blue around, leading the squad to an 8-8-1 record in 2016, its best performance since 2010.
Before Millikin, McArthur was the Associate Head Coach at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. The squad went 4-14 in her first year but finished 9-9-1 at the end of her third and last season with the Warriors.
McArthur got her collegiate coaching start at Bemidji State in Minnesota, where she was an assistant coach. She was also a Club Trainer for the Valley Soccer Academy in West Virginia. McArthur holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and an NSCAA Goalkeeper 1 and 2 License.
Before earning a Master of Science in Sport Studies from Bemidji State, McArthur graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Davis and Elkins College. While playing at D&E, she earned All-Conference honors three times and was named the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2005.
Director of Public Relations for the JFSLA and JFSC.
BA from Middlebury College, MAT from Connecticut College.
Marnie played field hockey and lacrosse for 4 years in college and then coached at Connecticut College for 2 years. After college and coaching, Marnie went to Blair Academy as an Ass't AD and English teacher, where she met Todd and Carolyn (above). She then left for Montclair Kimberley Academy to teach and coach. Marnie is married to Ryan McNany and they have three adorable kids, Mary, Jack, and Finn. Marnie is very active in the kids' lives while working on her iPhone and laptop for the JFSLA and JFSC! :) Mary and Jack are creating the McNany tradition of soccer that their mother did not participate in! But there is still hope for Marnie...
Co-founder of JFSLA and Director of Development and Scholarships at the Julie Foudy Leadership foundation
Attended University of California Berkeley, B.A. Kerri and Julie grew up playing soccer together (from the age of 7) for the Mission Viejo Soccerettes (Go Green Machine!). Kerri is married to Edson McClellan, co-founder of the JFSLA as well. Kerri wears many hats, and very well we might add! First and foremost, she wears the hat of MOTHER to three adorable girls, Megan and Madison (age 11… Megan is all of 1 minute older than Madison) as well as Macy, now almost 4 years old!
Kerri then runs the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation and also helps the JFSLA behind the scenes on a daily basis. On "the side" she runs duathlons in record times and was part of team USA last year. STUD.
Sarah has been at the helm of the Appalachian State University women’s soccer program since 2010. To date - she has amassed over 16 years of coaching experience at the club, collegiate and national levels.
Before leading App. State Sarah was an assistant coach at Mississippi State.
She began her coaching career on the collegiate level as an assistant coach at Troy University in 1998 and served as the program’s interim head coach during the 1999 offseason. From there, she moved on to Auburn University at Montgomery, where she was an assistant on the men’s and women’s staffs from 1999-2000.
On the national level, Strickland is a United States Soccer Federation “B” licensed coach and served on the staff of the U-14 national program in 2001. She also coached for the Alabama Olympics Development Program boys’ and girls’ programs from 1998-2002 and the Mississippi ODP girls’ in 2009.
Sarah was a three-year letter winner at George Mason, where she helped lead the Patriots to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1996 and 1997, making it as far as the Sweet 16 in ‘97.
Sarah was a three-time Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Academic Award winner and graduated from GMU with a B.A. in psychology in 1998. She earned a M.S. in foundations of education from Troy in 1999.
Sarah and her husband, Jimmy (an athletic trainer for field hockey and wrestling at Appalachian) have three children: Kelsey, Bo and Will.
DR MELISSA PRICE
Melissa 'Missy' Price, Ph.D. was named Head Soccer Coach and PERA Assistant Professor of the Practice at Wellesley College during the summer of 2016 and has led the Blue to a NEWMAC postseason appearance in each of her first two seasons. Missy came to Wellesley following six seasons as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Nevada.
Price, who holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma and a United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ coaching license, earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Education in Sport Psychology, with a specialization in leadership and life skill development from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2010. A 1997 graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in kinesiology, Price also earned a master's degree in sport and exercise psychology from UVA in 1999. Price played collegiately as a goalkeeper at Maryland from 1993-1997, leading the Terrapins to two NCAA quarterfinal appearances.
Coached ten years of college soccer, seven as a head coach, before becoming Director of Bluesprings Youth Soccer and Liberty Soccer Clubs. Sam is a Coaching Instructor for US Soccer Federation and for United Soccer Coaches. She has an A License, Goalkeeper License and Instructor’s License from US Soccer and a Premier Diploma from United Soccer Coaches. Sam has coached ODP Soccer for Georgia, West Virginia and Colorado and was a Regional Staff Coach for Region 1. In 2014, Sam was named one of the Top 30 Coaches Under 30 Years by the NSCAA (now United Soccer Coaches) and was named one of the Top 50 Coaches in 50 Years by Georgia State Soccer Association in 2018.
Sam is currently the Chair of United Soccer Coaches Women’s Advocacy Group and also serves with the Disabilities and Allies Advocacy Group.
Co-founder and Vice President of the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy.
Former General Manager and Head Coach in the Women’s Professional Soccer League.
Head Coach for the WUSA San Jose Cyberrays all 3 Years.
Led the Cyberrays to the Inaugural WUSA Championship 2001.
WUSA Coach of the Year 2001.
Former Head Coach of Stanford University Women's Soccer Program.
US Women's Amateur National Championship winner.
USYSA National Championship winner.
US Soccer "A" License Coach.
Co-founder and Director of Academy Development
Attended Lafayette College, B.A.; Lehigh University, M.Ed:
The current Athletic Director and Head Women's Soccer Coach at The Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) in Montclair, New Jersey.
Prior to coming to MKA in 2000, Todd served as the Associate Dean of Admissions and Director of Alumni Relations at Blair Academy.
At MKA, in addition to being the Director of Athletics, Todd is Head Coach for the Varsity Girls' Soccer Team.
TEAM BUILDING SPECIALIST:
DR COLLEEN HACKER:
Internationally recognized authority on
the psychology of peak performance and
Sports Psychology Consultant.
Dr. Colleen Hacker has served as the Sport Psychology Consultant to the Women's U.S. National Soccer Team since 1996. During her tenure, The National Team won a Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games, the 1998 Goodwill Games and the 1999 World Cup. Named as an Assistant Coach in 2000, Dr. Hacker helped lead the National Team to a Silver Medal at the Sydney Olympic Games and a third place finish in the 2003 World Championships.
More recently, the team won a Gold Medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The United States is the only country in the world to finish in the top three of every major world championship in soccer history.
In addition to her work with the National Soccer Team, Dr. Hacker works with professional, international and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports. Her strategies for peak performance are sought by corporations, business groups, professional sport teams, civic organizations and both print and television media. With more than 20 years experience in higher education, she is currently a professor and an Assistant Dean at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Hacker has conducted extensive, applied research in the field of sport psychology with particular emphasis on peak performance, cohesion, leadership and performance success and moral development in sport.
Dr. Hacker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Lock Haven University (PA). She earned her master's degree in Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Arizona and received her Ph.D. in Exercise and Movement Science from the University of Oregon in 1992.
Team building exercises with Dr Hacker
Dr. Hacker has received numerous professional awards including the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (the highest teaching honor awarded by the University), the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport Pathfinder Award, the National Association of Sport and Physical Education Inspiration Award, the President Medal from Pacific Lutheran University, the American Psychological Association's Presidential Citation, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Letter of Commendation, and the National Award of Excellence, to name a few. She is a member of the Advisory Panel for the Center for Sport Parenting through the Institute for International Sport, Club Life Magazine, the NSCAA National Coaching Staff and has served on the United States Olympic Committee Performance Enhancement Team.
Evening debrief and leadership presentation
Much in demand as a speaker and consultant, Dr. Hacker has worked with corporations such as Morgan Stanley, NIKE, S.C. Johnson Company, MTV, Infinity Broadcasting, Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance Company, The New Yorker Magazine, Citadel Broadcasting, Conde Nast, Million Dollar Round Table, GLAMOUR, Parent's Magazine, House and Garden, Franciscan Health Care Systems, Better Homes and Gardens, Women's Sports and Fitness as well as civic groups such as the Girl Scouts of America and the YMCA. She has published widely in professional journals and books. Her work has been featured in Jere Longman's book, Girls of Summer, Lauren Gregg's The Champion Within, Michelle Akers' book, The Game and The Glory and Brandi Chastain's It's Not About the Bra. Articles about Dr. Hacker's work have appeared in Newsweek, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, The APA Monitor, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others. Dr. Hacker has been featured on national television outlets including CNN, FOX, ESPN, Discovery Channel and Extra. Her book, Catch Them Being Good (Penguin Books and Viking Press) a collaboration with champion soccer coach Tony DiCicco, was released in 2002.
Dr. Hacker's insights into topics such as the psychology of peak performance, the power of choice, team building, leadership and the "secret of the slight edge" strike a chord with organizations and corporate audiences across the world.