Stacy Bishop -
Land O' Lakes native Stacy Bishop, has been through all those stages from her time in youth soccer, her standout career at Land O' Lakes High (2000-03), to garnering All-Southeastern Conference selection in college at Louisiana State and Florida, while earning NSCAA Academic All-American, Soccerbuzz.com All-American honors, then being drafted into the Women's Professional Soccer League and playing parts of two seasons with the Boston Breakers.
Austin Daniels -
Daniels, who began his career as an assistant coach at Colorado College, took his first head coaching job at the University of Hartford in 1989 and led the Hawks to the NCAA Tournament on six occasions, including a Final Four run in 1992.
A coach of six All-Americans at Hartford and 5 Youth and Senior National Team players, Daniels was named the NSCAA National Women's Soccer Division I Coach of the Year in 1989. In addition, he was awarded the NSCAA New England Division I Coach of the Year honors in 1989 and 1992.
Following his stint at Hartford, Daniels started the University of Colorado women's soccer program in 1996. Daniels left Colorado in 2001 and took over as the Technical Director of Connecticut Academica FC of the American Indoor Soccer League before beginning a three-year reign as Head Coach for the New England Mutiny, a Women's Premier Soccer League team.
In 2003, Daniels was a runner-up for Coach of the Year honors, bringing the first-year Mutiny to the WPSL Final Four. In 2004, he helped lead New England to the next step - the National Final - and therefore, took the next step up regarding league honors as well. In two seasons at the helm of the Mutiny, Daniels record speaks for itself: a 19-4 win-loss margin, four All-WPSL selections (Alexa Borisjuk-Smith, Gjertsen, LeDuc and Mary-Frances Monroe), two Eastern Division titles and two trips to the WPSL National Championships.
Daniels, who holds a United States Soccer Federation `A' License and a United States Soccer Federation National Youth License and is a member of the NSCAA,. He also held the post of Director of Coaching for the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association, Northern Kentucky United Soccer Club, the Martin Luther King League in Hartford and the Colorado Springs Chargers Soccer Club.
Jen Lalor-Nielsen -
Nielsen played for the US Women's National Team from 1992 to 1995 and was on the team for the Women's World Cup in 1995 in Sweden, which won the bronze medal. She has played professionally in Japan, Denmark and Sweden. And in the first women's professional league, Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) for the three years it existed, with the New York Power and San Diego Spirit.
She played College Soccer at Santa Clara University where she was inducted in the Hall of Fame in May 2008. She is the current Head Varsity Soccer Coach at Poway High School and is the Director of Coaching for the San Diego Soccer Academy. Jen believes in helping soccer players of all ages achieve their dream and reach their full potential. She has her own soccer business with her husband Bo Nielsen called JB Soccer where they do specialized training (skills, shooting, speed agility). Jen currently is the Head Coach of the San Diego SeaLions,
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Brad Partridge -
Brad Partridge started learning about the game of soccer at Tabor Academy in Marion Ma. He played for 4 years, was the team Captain, and was selected to the All Star 1st team his senior year at Tabor. Brad continued his soccer education at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. He was coached by US National Team Coach and National Soccer Hall of Fame Coach Al Miller. Hartwick was a top 5 NCAA Division I program while Brad was playing. Returning to Tabor Academy in 1979 Brad coached soccer for two years. In 1993 after moving to Fairfax, VA Partridge started coaching club soccer. He and Coleman Shaunesey started the Chantilly Heat program.
Moving to Florida in 1995 Brad continued his coaching at the Jupiter Sting and Hobe Sound soccer clubs. In the Fall of 1996 Brad added High School soccer to his resume' by joining the Palm Beach Gardens High School coaching staff and stayed with the program for the next 4 years. In 2001 Partridge joined Palm Beach United FC as the Head Coach of the 86/87 Women's team. Under his tutelage the team won three consecutive State Cup Championships, 2001, 2002 and 2003. In 2002 Partridge became Palm Beach United's Director of Coaching. In 2004 Partridge was named Florida State Girls Coach of the year. During his time coaching in Florida Partridge has had over 50 of his players advance to collegiate soccer with 26 players competing in NCAA Division I programs. Partridge has his USSF National Youth license (Lifetime) and the NSCAA: Premier, National, Advanced National, and DOC certification. Brad has been on the Florida State ODP staff since 2003. Brad is currently the Head Coach of the Kick's U13 Girl's team at the Kicks Soccer Club.
Partridge is the author of the Comprehensive Assessment Program for Soccer, (CAPS) and has served on the DOC advisory committee for FLUGSA. In 2006 Brad was selected as the Head Coach for the Palm Beach United Women' Premier Soccer League, WPSL team. The team has competed for the past 5 years with a winning season each year. Brad was selected as one of 4 coaches by the WPSL to coach at the Women's Professional Soccer, WPS combine in Sacrament Ca. in 2009.
A highly competitive athlete Partridge played International Squash at the University Club of Boston during the 1980's. An avid golfer, Brad competed in many amateur events, including USGA Open qualifiers and Virginia State Amateur tournaments. In 1994 he turned professional and played in Florida on the Gold Coast Tour, Tommy Armour Tour and the Golden Bear Tour from 1994 through 1998.
Sisleide Lima Do Amor, most commonly known as Sissi, brings years of playing and coaching experience to the Pride. She began playing soccer at the age of seven and at the age of 14 she left her home in the small town of Esplanada to play professionally in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Brazil National team contacted her when she was 16 and her impressive accomplishments asa player include:
- Joined FC Gold Pride as a player mid-way through the inaugural season (2009)
- Participated in two Olympic Games
- Participated in three FIFA World Cuptournaments
- Received the Silver Ball from FIFA for achieving the title of "Second Best Player in the World" (1999)
- Received the Golden Boot from FIFA for being the leading scorer in the 1999 World Cup
- "Best Female South American Player" recognition
- An international draft pick by the San Jose CyberRays, WUSA
- Lead the CyberRays to the Inaugural Championship in 2001
- Selected to the First Team WUSA each three years playing on the CyberRays
- Humanitarian of the Year for the WUSA, 2002
- Named FIFA Ambassador, 2005
- Selected to the Organizing Committee for U- 20 and U- 17 Women's World Cup by FIFA
- MVP for the WPSL in 2004, 2008 (Pacific Division)
While coaching in Brazil, Sissi was named the â€śBest Futsal Coachâ€ť leading her team to successive State and National Championships. In America, Sissi began coaching for Diablo Futbol Club (formerly known as Diablo Valley Soccer Club) in 2004 leading her U-16 girls to a Regional title in Idaho. In 2005, she began coaching for Las Positas Community College in Livermore, California and led the team to a first playoff berth in 2006. Served as the Assistant Coach of FC Gold Pride during the team's inaugural season (2009).
Off the field, Sissi is devoted to improving the lives of children in Foster Care, with her and her family having fostered seven children. Sissi adopted a son in 2008, and is working towards adopting a little girl. Improving the lives of children in Foster Care and playing soccer have helped her fulfill her dreams. She is excited to help lead thePride to another historic season and continue to make this WPS and its players a success.
Rachel Leduc Casagrande -
Rachel Leduc Casagrande ended her four-year UMass career as the leading goal and point scorer in school history and with a reputation for being at her peak in clutch situations. Originally a walk-on, LeDuc Casagrande set then-school records for goals (18) and points (46) during a senior year where she solidified her place with the all-time UMass greats.
A 1995 All-America selection, LeDuc Casagrande was also the MVP of the Atlantic 10 Championship that year, netting both goals in a 2-0 semifinal win over George Washington and adding two goals and an assist during a 6-0 championship game rout of Xavier. LeDuc Casagrande was also a member of the 1993 and 1995 All-Atlantic 10 teams.
LeDuc Casagrande tallied 35 career goals, 25 career assists and 95 point during her time at UMass. She was the school's single-season record holder in goals (18, 1995) and points (46, in 1995), while also sitting in a tie for both single-season (8 in 1995) and career (12) game-winning goals.
Rachel LeDuc Casagrande captained the New England Mutiny to a division championship in 2004 while helping push the Chinese National Team to the brink of a major international upset in a 4-3 exhibition loss on July 29th. A WPSL First Team selection in 2003, scoring 8 goals and an assist, Rachel confirmed her presence as a "big-game" player, notching 2 goals and 2 assists in the 2004 WPSL Final Four (6 goals, 6 assists on the season). Arguably one of the finest women's soccer players to ever come from the Springfield area, LeDuc was the co-leading scorer for the W-1 League Springfield Sirens in 2001 (9 goals, 2 assists) while leading the 2000 W-2 League National Champion Sirens in both goals (16) and points scored (35) as an All-League selection
Joe Ferrara -
Joe Ferrara is not only the Owner of the New England Mutiny but he is also the Associate Commissioner of the WPSL. In 2002, the then 12-team WPSL accepted the New England Mutiny as its first-ever East Conference team. Ferrara has been instrumental in building up the WPSL Eastern division over the last 10 years and has been Jerry's right hand person.
Erin O'Grady Gatto -
Erin O'Grady Gatto - after shaking off an injury early in the 2004 season - became one of the most popular players for the Mutiny. With her hard work and constant effort, O'Grady was selected to play in the WUSA Soccer Festivals and was a key component in the New England midfield: especially for the successful late season surge by New England as she scored and assisted on a goal in the 4-3 loss to China.
After a stellar career for Syracuse University, where she was a First Team All-Big East selection in 1998 and 2000 (Second Team in 1997 and 1999), Erin joined the Boston Breakers in 2003 after being a starter for the two-time National Champion Boston Renegades.
Colette Hanlon -
Colette Hanlon served as the leagues first Director of Operations, Webmaster, Secretary, Registrar and Administrator from 2000 to February 2006. Hanlon grew up in Littleton, CO where she was named Team Captain of her high school, Littleton High. She also received several awards during her '93 season both on and off the playing field; Offensive Player of the Year, Leading Scorer, All-Conference '92-'93, MVP, Marine Corp Athlete of the Year, Business Leader of the Year and Littleton United Scholarship Award. Hanlon's accolades didn't stop after high school. She attended the Univ. of San Francisco where she was named Team Captain '95, '96, '97. Earned All-Conference WCC 2nd Team in '95, Honorable Mention in both '94 and '96 and was the Team Assists Leader '95.
Jorma Kansanen -
Jorma Kansanen server as the WPSL Media Relations Director from 2007 to 2011.
A 1998 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Kansanen covered not only the UMass Minutewomen women's soccer team, but Division I Northeast Region competition over the course of three seasons for a variety of local and national publications, including The Daily Hampshire Gazette and Soccer America magazine. Currently, Kansanen complements his work at UMass with his position as the Media Relations Director for the New England Mutiny. A WPSL member team, New England is currently playing a full schedule featuring WPSL teams.
Kansanen's responsibilities at UMass include general office duties and alumni relations; arrangements for team travel; scouting of opponents; assisting UMass Media Relations; promotion, maintenance and development of the brochure and web site for coach Jim Rudy's summer soccer camps; and game day promotions.
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Trudy Sharpsten -
Trudy Sharpsten was a member of Ajax America Women, founded in the mid-1970s by Fred Van Soest. Fred Van Soest went to the Netherlands and spoke with the Amsterdam Football Club Ajax (AFC Ajax) and asked if he could use their name and logo for a US women's soccer team and they agreed. Sharpsten play helped Ajax become historically one of the most successful clubs in the world, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
In 1985, Ajax women's team was the first women's team to play in international companion in Brazil; they took 2nd to West Germany. They are also the winningest team in the history of the USASA National Women's Cup, taking the title five times over a ten-year period, their most recent win being in 2007.
Sharpsteen was also a midfielder for Cal beginning in its inaugural 1982 season through 1985. The Palos Verdes, Calif., native was named a second team All-American in 1984, all-region in 1985 and all-conference in 1982. She helped lead the Bears to their first of three final four appearances in 1984. She had been in the pool of players considered for the women's national team in1986-87, and was one of the pioneers of the sport. Unlike Foudy, and Chastain, however, her career had played out in the anonymity of semipro ball. Sharpsteen had taken a leave of absence from her job in the health care industry to become the oldest player at age 36 on any of the WUSA rosters it's inaugural season. Her sport had finally achieved the legitimacy of a professional league, and she would make one final attempt to ride the cresting wave of popularity.
David Simmons -
David Simmons became Director of Instruction for US Indoor's Soccer Referee Program in 2009. He is the Executive Director of the Central California Indoor Soccer Referees Association and Past President of the Central California Soccer Referees Association. He is a USSF State Emeritus Referee, USSF Referee Instructor and USSF Licensed Referee Assigner.
He is Director of Officials of the National Premier Soccer League & Women's Premier Soccer League and former Regional Assignor for the World Indoor Soccer League. He is Vice Chairman of the California Soccer Association (North), President of the Central California Soccer League, Executive Director and Past President of the Central California Soccer Referees Association and Executive Director of Indoor Soccer Premiership League.
Dave has 32 years experience as a soccer referee, including 24 years indoors and professional experience in both indoor and outdoor soccer. He is a recipient of the Central California Soccer League's Referee of the Year Award (1979, 1982, 1989) and the Frank Dumas Cup as the top referee, voted by the coaches in the Sacramento Gold Cup. He was the first non-hispanic to be inducted into the Mexican American Sports Association Soccer Hall of Fame and was inducted to the California Soccer Association North Hall of Fame in 2009.
Privately, Dave owns and operates "Loud Papa Soccer Assignments," which consults for indoor soccer facilities and is responsible for assigning referees for US Amateur Division for Northern California for both indoor & outdoor matches. Since 2000, Dave has served on USIndoor's Rules Commission, which establishes the Official Rules of Indoor Soccer.
Lu Snyder -
Registrar and Webmaster just to name a few. A founding member of the WPSL with the Auto Trader Women's Select. Earned the League's Most Valuable Goalkeeper Award in 1998, a place on the All-Star 2nd Team in 2003 and 2004 and a place on the 1st Team in 2005.
Snyder played college ball at San Diego State from 1990-93. Currently ranked No. 2 in Career Saves at San Diego State with 204 (1990 -93) and 3rd in Goals Against Average â€“ Career 1.08 (1990-93) 5th in Goals Against Average â€“ Season 0.99 (1993). Played in goal for the San Diego SeaLions, formerly known as the Auto Trader. She's also played in numerous adult indoor and outdoor leagues across the county, making her one of the most well known players in the world of elite women's soccer in San Diego.
Snyder was not only known for her prowess on the field, but also for what she did off the field. As the SeaLions' Owner, General Manager and assistant coach, she recruit's players, schedules games and practices, reserves fields, updates the team's web site and performs numerous administrative duties for the team. She is also a tremendous asset to the league, appointed Associate Commissioner since , she is the "go-to" person for many aspect of running the day to day operations of the league.
Carrie Vellutini -
Carrie Vellutini joined the WPSL in 2002 as owner of the Elk Grove Pride, an under 19 youth team. The Pride members consisted of future US Women's National Team standouts Stephanie Cox and Megan Rapinoe. In 2003 She along with her husband Frank were named Management Team of the Year. From 2006 to 2010 she acted as League Treasure.
Brian Boswell -
Brian has coached youth soccer at FRAM since 1977. During that time he has coached youth teams to 10 State Championships, 4 Regional Championships and 1 National Championship. He also coached 11 youth players who went on to play for their respective National teams, including the U.S. National team, 21 All Americans, 5 College Hall of Famers, 8 present and former College Division 1 coaches and numerous college players.
Brian holds both a U.S.S.F. and English F.A. National coaching license as well as the U.S.S.F. National Youth coaching license. He is a staff coach for Cal South. He was voted Metropolitan Life U.S. coach of the year and WPSL Coach of the Year 4 times from 2005 - 2008.
Brian was the assistant coach for the Orange County Waves which was the new professional womens soccer team in Orange County. The Orange County Waves won the 2011 WPSL National Championship beating fellow professional teams the Boston Breakers in the semi final and the Chicago Red Stars in the final. This makes the 5th year in a row that Brian has coached a team in the WPSL Final 4.
Brian was the coach for the Ajax America Women's team from 1998-2010. Ajax play in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The Ajax team has included 16 players who have played on their National teams and 6 in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA). Shannon Boxx and Abby Wambach have both played for Ajax. The Ajax team were the 2008 WPSL National Champions and 2009 and 2010 National Championship finalists. Two years ago Ajax were the reserve team for the LA SOL, Los Angeles women's professional team in the WPS (http://www.womensprosoccer.com/). Ajax has appeared in 4 WPSL Final 4's from 2007 - 2010 and Brian has been WPSL coach of the year 4 times. Ajax have won the WPSL National Championship twice and been US Soccer National Champions 5 times under Brians coaching. 18 of the Ajax players were drafted into the WPS for the inaugural season. 10 of Ajax 2009 players were on 2010 WPS teams. In all 29 Ajax players have played in the WPS in the last 3 years. Brian was also ranked #5 women's coach in the world by womensworldfootball.com.
Even though Brian has had success over the years as a coach it has never been about winning. Success has been secondary to the number of players who have gone "ONWARD" (FRAM is Norwegian for onward) into the world and used FRAM Soccer as a stepping stone in their lives. Its' not about the game won or lost yesterday, but about helping to build a foundation for the players' futures.
Brandi Chastain -
Brandi Chastain is a member of the California Storm of Women's Premier Soccer League and is a former member of the United States women's national soccer team.
Chastain has played for San Jose CyberRays of the WUSA and FC Gold Pride of Women's Professional Soccer. She is best known for her game-winning penalty shootout kick against China in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup final and her bra-baring celebration afterwards.
She attended Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California, helping take the team to three section championships. In 1986 Chastain was awarded the Soccer America Freshmen Player Of The Year award at the University of California-Berkeley. Soon after, she underwent reconstructive surgery on both knees which caused her to miss much of the 1987 and 1988 seasons. She transferred to Santa Clara University before the start of the 1989 season, leading them to two Final Four NCAA appearances, 1989 and 1990, before she graduated in 1991.
Chastain first represented her country on June 1, 1988, against Japan. She scored her first (through fifth) international goals on April 18, 1991 when she came off the bench as a forward to score five consecutive goals in a 12-0 United States win in a CONCACAF FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier against Mexico. Team USA went on to win the World Cup, staged in China.
After that first World Cup, she played club soccer for one season in Japan in 1993, earning team MVP honors and was the only foreigner to be selected as one of the league's top 11 players.
As a defender, she made the U.S. National team again in 1996 and participated in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, helping the Americans win the gold medal by playing every minute of every U.S. game, despite a third serious knee injury suffered in the semifinal against Norway. Of her 192 career caps, she played 89 primarily at defender during which she occasionally played midfielder.
Dick Cross -
San Francisco Vikings Soccer Club Coach for 12 years (State Cup Semi's, Disctrict Champions, USA Cup Finalists), VP/Treasurer/Coaching Admin SF Vikings, ODP Evaluator & Assistant Coach, Assistant Coach SHC Varsity
Richard O. Cross has been involved with the local soccer community for over 30 years. Owner of Richard O. Cross & Associates.
Mike Edwards -
Mike Edwards has served as treasurer of the Albuquerque Soccer League since 1987. He founded the ASL with 16 men's teams and developed the league into 90 men's teams, 70 coed teams, 12 Over-30 teams and a semi-professional office. He has served as the state president (1987-1996); treasurer (1996-2000) and registrar (2001- present) of the New Mexico State Soccer Association. During his tenure he grew the state's two leagues into 12 and added six state tournaments. In 1995-1997, he served as the Vice-Chairman of USASA, and was elected Chairman in 1997, a post he held longer than anyone else. He has served as a regional cup commissioner (3 years), national cup chair (3 years) and on the USSF Competitions Committee, chairing it the first year the pros played. Mike is currently serving as the USSF Vice-President.
Marge Madriago -
In the late 60's, Marge began her soccer career as a Team Representative of the Federal Way, Washington, where she assisted with the Annual Canadian Exchange Program. She continued to follow her involvement with the sport when she co-founded Southgate Youth Soccer Inc. of Sacramento, California from 1971 to 1973. At the League level, Marge was selected Vice-Chairman of the Sacramento Youth Soccer League where she established the Girls Soccer Program during 1974-1975. Enduring her love for youth soccer, she served as Chairman and CEO of California Youth Soccer Association-North for almost five years. As Chairman, she initiated the automation of State Office, instituted Internal Financial Controls and founded the California-North Referee Administration. Although Marge served youth soccer for over a decade, didn't limit to the participation in Adult Soccer at the State Level. In 1993, she was chosen President and CEO of California Soccer Association North, where she served until 2000. Became USASA Region IV Director in 1996 and has been Vice-Chairman of USASA since 2002. For the last two decades, Marge has been actively involved in the U.S. Soccer Federation. Currently, she Chairs the USSF Werner Fricker Memorial Award and is Member of the USSF Strategic Input Task Force.
Jerry Zanelli -
Jerry Zanelli got involved in soccer when he began coaching
his children at a very young age and hasn't been able to
stop since. After moving to Sacramento and being told there
weren't any girls born in 1971 that were good enough to play
soccer, Jerry took it upon himself and started coaching the
River City Rowdies. Just three years later, the Rowdies would go on to win
the CYSA State Championship for U19's.
A few years later, Jerry held a tryout for a women's team in Northern
California and had a turnout of around 60 players. He formed three
teams (the Storm, Thunder and Lightning) and entered them into as many
tournaments and exhibition games as possible since they did not have a
league to play in. The California Storm, the team he founded (and also
coaches) in 1989, is his chief passion. The Storm has provided a training
ground for former US stars Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy as well as
international stars such as Sissi. The Storm were National Amateur Cup
champions in 1993 and 1994, National Open Cup runners-up in 1995 and
1996, WPSL champions in 1999-2002 and 2004, and the fififi rst W League
champion of the USISL in 1994.
Along with success at the team level, Jerry also founded (and served as
commissioner) of two National Leagues that are members of USASA. In
1998, the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) was formed. As of
today, the WPSL has over 60 teams and is the largest national women's
league in the world.
Jerry created a similar league for the men when he founded the Men's
Premier Soccer League (MPSL). Patterned after the WPSL, Jerry started this
highly competitive league to serve the top teams and players in the western
part of the United States. The MPSL now goes by the name of the National
Premier Soccer League (NPSL).