Brianna Russell, known by many girls and many of you, as ‘Coach Bre’ has been coaching soccer since 2006. She has coached various levels and ages in San Francisco. She played collegiate soccer at Sacramento State University on the NCAA Division I Women’s team. While in the Peace Corps, Bre started the first Women’s regional soccer team in the country of Vanuatu, the women were ages 15-22. The team played in four National tournaments taking 3rd, 2nd, and 1st placements. She currently holds her USSF Coaching “D” license and the NSCAA National Diploma. She is also an active member of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and is the Head Coach of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team at University High School.
Karli is from Milwaukee, WI and is a new addition to the Girls Leading Girls staff as head coach and program assistant. Karli recently joined our 03/04 SF Sol team to Gothenburg, Sweden for the Gothia Cup over the summer.
Karli has coached at the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA) in New Jersey, Illinois, Georgia, and California every summer since 2011. She has worked with girls ages 9-18. At JFSLA, the coaches focus on teaching the girls soccer skills, but also teaching them about leadership on and off the soccer field. Throughout the years, Karli has had the opportunity and privilege to learn under former national players, current professional players, college coaches, and club coaches.
In 2016, Karli was chosen along with nine other JFSLA alumni to represent the United States and the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy in India. This opportunity was funded by the State Department. They were teamed up with Magic Bus, an organization that works with boys and girls in the slums across India. Abroad the JFSLA alumni had the chance to learn more about Magic Bus, visit the slums, and work with boys and girls on and off the soccer field.
Karli attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA where she majored in International Studies and Politics. In 2010-2011, Karli played soccer for Loras College, where they were conference Champions and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. She ended her soccer career after the season due to multiple ACL/meniscus surgeries. However, she then played lacrosse for Loras in 2013 and 2014. She was captain and was awarded Most Inspirational Player after the 2013 season.
Natalie played for the San Francisco State University women's collegiate team. After college, she continued coaching High School in Southern California. Then she joined the US Peace Corps and served in Belize, where she coached a local high school team and played for a women's team. Currently, she is finishing her Masters degree in Behavioral Health at USF. She hopes to use physical activity and athletics as a tool to each young girls how to be strong, independent women in pursuing their goals and dreams. She holds her USSF "E" coaching license.
Sari Lin began her soccer career when she was six years old with the Sereno Soccer Club in Phoenix, AZ. She won the first of seven State Championships at age 11. For many years, her ’90 Sereno Golden Eagles were ranked nationally in the Top 10. Sari was recruited to play at Belmont University, a D1 school in Nashville Tenn. She holds her USSF "E" coaching license.
Hannah has played soccer her whole life through college at San Francisco State University. She holds her US Soccer Federation F license and coaches at the Julie Foudy Sports and Leadership camp for girls every summer. She loves coaching and hopes to inspire the next generation of women athletes and leaders!
Kelsey is from Huntington Beach, CA and has played competitively since 2nd grade. She played all four years on the San Francisco State University Women’s Soccer Team and is pursuing sports marketing.
Morgan began her soccer career at the young age of 6 playing in Portland, Maine. She was the captain of her high school soccer team for 2 years and helped lead them to a Maine State Championship. Morgan then went on to play Division 3 soccer at Bowdoin College as an outside midfielder. While at Bowdoin College Morgan helped bring her team to the NCAA tournament 2 years in a row. She was also the recipient for the Common Good Award on the Bowdoin Women's Soccer Team. Throughout her life, Morgan has worked at a variety of different soccer camps, working with kids ranging from 3 years old to 14 years old, and helping them discover the powerful impact of soccer and working on a team. She holds her USSF "F" coaching license.
Vanessa grew up in a soccer house, watching Serie A games with her Italian-American family every week and playing with rec and travel teams as a child in Connecticut. As an adult, Vanessa managed an adult soccer league in NYC and continues to play with coed teams at least twice a week here in San Francisco. After hearing about GLG from a teammate she immediately wanted to get involved. She understands that lessons taught on the field can have a direct impact off the field, and wants to teach our girls that sports are not only a great way to build teamwork and fitness but also leads to respecting their body, building confidence and understanding that failure is temporary and necessary both on and off the field.
As a North Bay Area native, Megan has been playing soccer since age 3. She played competitive soccer throughout her childhood and college. In addition to Megan's love for soccer, she also has a deep passion for leadership and working with youth. She is currently earning her Masters in Organizational Leadership and previously worked for as a Youth Activities Manager for a major cruise line for three years. She now works for an educational nonprofit called Challenge Day where she leads social and emotional workshops in middle and high schools across the USA and Canada. Megan is excited to combine her soccer experience and extensive knowledge of leadership, mentorship and character building into assistant coaching with Girls Leading Girls. She holds her USSF "F" coaching license.
Libby Zazzera has been playing soccer since the age of 6 and has not stopped since. A native of Northern California, Libby has her degree in Recreation Parks and Tourism with an emphasis in Community Development from San Francisco State University. Libby believes that soccer is the gateway to a healthy lifestyle and personal development. She is excited to be able to give the next generation of young women this opportunity. Libby works as a Program Manager at a local non-profit, San Francisco City Guides. She holds her USSF Class Coaching License.
Emily is from So-Cal and has played since she was four years old. She is currently a student at SF State University majoring in Kinesology. She holds her USSF "F" coaching license.
Lisa graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2014 and is now a Behavioral Therapist for children with social disorders. She started playing soccer at eight years old.
Rachel started playing soccer around the age of 5, and played competitively/on club teams all the way through high school in Tennessee, Ohio & Boston. She considers the highlight of her soccer career to be when she got to play on her school team as well as on a local soccer team while she was living in Germany for 4 years in high school. Rachel plays pick up games every now and then, but is also passionate about other forms of fitness (she's a spin instructor on the side). She loves motivating other people and inspiring more confidence through fitness and physical development. Rachel works as a Product Manager at Facebook.
Allie's soccer career started across the Bay with the Mustang Soccer Club. There she helped them win three state titles and one Surf Cup Championship. She continued playing at Pomona College and was named League MVP her senior year. Allie now players with the Lamorinda Club women's soccer team. She is excited to share her joy and passion for soccer with the next generation of competitive female players. She holds her USSF "E" coaching license
Maria was born in Neiva, Colombia. She plays for the Golstar Soccer Club and for the Women’s Colombian Soccer National Team, with whom she participated at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. She is currently studying Animation and VFX at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and plays on the Academy of Art University Women’s Soccer Team.
Laticia is from San Diego and has played soccer since the first grade. She also pursued track and field in middle school and at the University of San Francisco. She is currently a middle school teacher at Everette Middle School in SF.
Carli Thomas, a Healdsburg native, started playing soccer at 4 years old and ended up playing club soccer for four years at UC San Diego. Carli is currently an Assistant Athletic Director for Development at the University of San Francisco.
Allison is a senior at Sacred Heart High School in SF. She will be attending a small college in Tennessee and play Division 3 soccer there.
Junior Coach Amalia is a senior and plays for the Sacred Heart Cathedral High School women's soccer team.
Current student at UC Berkeley
Isabella is a senior at Urban High School in SF, she has played soccer on a boys team growing up as child and has been playing soccer for the last 13 years.