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 was the Head Coach of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team at University High School.
Karli is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She joined Girls Leading Girls in 2017 as a head coach and is now our Club program manager.
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.
Vanessa grew up watching Serie A games with her Italian-American family every week and playing as a youth in CT and NY. She managed an adult soccer league in NYC and continues to play with coed teams at least twice a week to this day. After hearing about GLG from a teammate she immediately wanted to get involved. She holds her “E” coaching license and is leading the expansion of Girls Leading Girls in the East Bay, with two schools in 2018 and more coming in 2019. Vanessa 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 failures are temporary. Vanessa is now our Communications Manager, she runs our after school program, our Oakland location, and helps with the club admin and fundraising!
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.
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 while pursuing sports marketing. She now works for the Make A Wish Foundation.
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.
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!
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.
Kelsie is a student-athlete at SF State University playing for the women's soccer team. She holds her US Soccer Coaching "F" license.
Adriana is currently a student at University of San Francisco and plays on the USF Club Womens Soccer team!