I have lived in Cedar Falls my whole life. I and my husband, Tony, have three grown sons. Mike, his wife Crystal and their two children Lennon and Jett live in Des Moines, Mike owns the Pita Pits in Urbandale, Cedar Falls, and Waterloo. Kyle lives in Waterloo and is the Pita Pit manager in Cedar Falls. And Ryan lives in Johnston. He is a Professional Soccer Coach with Sporting IA/JUSC.
OCCUPATION: Bookkeeper- Office Manager working full time in the family business.
VOCATION: For over 40 years it has been my joy to Coach/Teach kids in various areas: Especially I Love to Coach Soccer. 1993 to present (28 years), boys and girls of all ages and levels: Club; High School; and College Club. Also, for 20 years was a Sunday School Teacher. And for 13 years was a Cub Scout leader, Cubmaster, Scout Softball Coach, and District Trainer for Cub Scout Leaders.
Coaching Philosophy, Mission, and Vision: To train athletes to be well rounded players and develop elite quality character traits for which they can have with them both on the pitch and in their life journey. As all players will come to each training session and match with something to offer; the implication of accountability, positive attitude, teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, and other aspects will become contagious. The whole team will learn from their mistakes, improve with hard work, and have FUN as they achieve their highest goals.
Advanced National Diploma.
(7) High School Coaches Diplomas
Goal Keeping Level 1 & 2 Diplomas
Professional Development Certificates (Advance Youth Coach; NFSHS; Others).
Special Topics Diploma (Finishing and Goalkeeping; Others)
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
ISA State:“D” License; ISYSA Level “E” Certificate
Iowa High School Coaching Authorization
2020 United Soccer Coaches (USC) High School Coach of Significance Award
2016 National Federation High School (NFHS) State and Regional Coach of the Year.
2016 IAHSSCA Coach of the Year.
2009 All Star High School Girls Coach for the East team.
NSCAA (USC) Team Awards
(11) National Team Academics Awards
(2) National Ethics and Sportsmanship Award
Team Pinnacle Award –A prestigious award.
High School State Team Awards:
All Tournament Players
All Academic Players
Several 1st, 2nd, and Honorable mention All-State players.
OTHER COACHING ACCOMOLADES - HUDSON HIGH SCHOOL:
Received 200th win in 2021.
Three state appearances: Receiving 3rd and 4th place, and Participation trophies.
Team in the top 15 Rankings 14 out of 19 years.
Member of the High School rankings committee.
Players played Collegiate soccer.
CVSC member since 1993 - Besides coaching:
Several years on the board: holding positions of President, Coaching Director, Treasurer, Secretary; Also, Several Committees including the inaugural process of the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex.
Developed and was Co-Director/Coach for the Dynos Academy.
Developed and Director/Coach 8U Academy.
Assisted in development of the 9U/10U Academy.
I have helped several high school boys and girls, from different high schools, in the college recruiting process.
For 12 years I was on Staff with a large Midwest College Showcase serving 10 years as