About the Team:
THE WORLD'S GAME... OUR PASSION!
Knoxville Welcomes the Lady Force
The Lady Force roster is comprised of current and former collegiate student-athletes from rosters of NCAA Division 1, 2, and 3 programs across the Southeast. Soccer programs represented include those from the University of Tennessee, East Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, Maryville College, Carson-Newman College, Vanderbilt University, UT-Martin, Marquette University, University of South Carolina, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Samford University, Furman University, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Young Harris College.
Knoxville Force and Lady Force home games will be played at the University of Tennessee's Regal Soccer Stadium. Information on the teams activities can be found at www.knoxvilleforce.com and www.knoxvilleladyforce.com .
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About the Coaching:
Tom Gerlach (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tom Gerlach, a well-known figure in the Knoxville soccer community, has served as the assistant coach for the Knoxville Lady Force since its inaugural season in the WPSL in 2012. He has also led Knoxville Soccer’s community outreach program, working with local non-profit youth organizations like Emerald Youth Foundation and the YMCA. Gerlach coaches for Missionary Athletics International, an organization based in Matthews, NC, where he leads soccer mission trips each year to Brazil with the Charlotte Eagles.
Tom grew up in Delaware, and played soccer at NCAA Division II Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. He later played semi-professional soccer with the Knoxville Impact, and toured in Europe with the Charlotte Eagles. After graduating, Tom assisted the women’s program at Tusculum College in 1993-1994. Tom has almost two decades of high school coaching experience. He was nominated as the Tennessee representative for National Coach of the Year in 2004, and 2006 by the NSCAA and has received over 12 coach of the year honors on the state and regional level. His high school boys’ team won six A/AA Tennessee State Championships in 2003, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07, and ‘09, and was runner up in 2008. He recently earned a National Diploma from the NSCAA and passed with a R1 “distinguished”.
Tom and his wife, Jodi, have two children (Bennett and Addison) and reside in Knoxville, TN, and he currently coaches with the local youth clubs – Knoxville Crush and Oak Ridge SCOR.
“Having been an assistant with this program since its inception, it is a great honor for me to take the role of head coach with the Lady Force. The coaching staff and I look forward to leading the Lady Force to success on the field in a strong WPSL Southeast Conference, and to be being great role models in the local community,” Gerlach said.
ASSISTANT COACH - Katy Stigers
Katy Stigers (email@example.com)
Katy is entering her second season as an Assistant Coach for the Lady Force. She was responsible for building the Virginia Intermont women’s soccer program in its reincarnation in 2011/2012 and currently serves as the Head Women’s Coach at VIC.
Coaching Experience: Stigers has been coaching others almost as long as she has been playing the game herself. Professionally, she has coached for club teams and at camps in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri. She served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 2002. She holds a USSF “C” license and is a member of the NSCAA and USSF coaches’ associations.
Playing Experience: She was a four-year starter at King College in Bristol, TN for coach Matthew Yelton (currently head coach at 3-time national champion Lee University). In 2001she was an NSCAA All-American and NAIA All-American and Academic All-American. Stigers was the only NAIA women’s soccer player named to both lists in 2001. As a captain, she led her team to the Region XII Tournament appearance finals in the program’s fifth year of existence. She was a three-time all-conference selection for the Tornado.
Education: Academics have always been a high priority for Coach Stigers. She graduated from King College with a double major in History, and Political Science (BA magna cum laude), and earned an M.A. in Urban Affairs with distinction from Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO) in 2007. From 2007-2011, Stigers has completed course work towards a Ph.D. in political science at Emory University.
Personal: She is married to Peter Stigers, operations director at Washington County Habitat for Humanity. They have two children (Nell, 5, and PJ, 3).
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