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Name: Michelle RaynerTeam: Lexington SCJob title: Women’s First Team Head Coach and Sporting Director What’s your favorite soccer memory? That’s a loaded question; there are so many to choose from, both on the playing and the coaching side! Playing memories would definitely be participating in the first Women’s World Cup in 1991 in China. Second to […]

Name: Mariah BullockPronouns: She/her/hersIndustry Position: Sport PsychologistOrganization/ Team: Canadian National Women’s Soccer TeamCatch Phrase: “And how did that make you feel?” ???? JK. What’s your favorite thing about working in soccer? I played soccer growing up, collegiately, and then professionally, so my favorite part about working in soccer is being able to stay involved in the […]

What’s your favorite soccer memory?  As a 5’1” defensive midfielder during all of my soccer career, I was never much of a goal scorer. As a collegiate player at Austin College, I scored a header off of a corner kick and it always reminds me of the limitless possibilities of soccer. What do you think […]

Name: Haleigh Svede Pronouns: She/herPostion: Seton Hall University, Women’s Soccer, Director of Soccer Operations and Head Coach at Berkshire Soccer Academy Catchphrase: Be kind. Work hard.  What’s your favorite soccer memory? I have a compilation of so many playing, coaching, and fandoming (is that a word?) moments in my soccer life/world. The biggest ones that stick […]


What’s your favorite soccer memory?  My favorite soccer memory would have to be when I was around eight years old and got to tag along with my mom to Nike during ‘take your daughter to work day’ (that is how old I am). During this particular ‘take your daughter to work day’ the programming ended […]


Women in Soccer created the Changemakers Awards alongside the USL to give women and individuals from underrepresented gender identities the recognition they deserve for their incredible impact on soccer culture and the industry as a whole. Hundreds of nominations and votes were submitted — a badass showcase of the many trailblazers out there making a […]

What’s your favorite soccer memory?  It’s hard to choose, but my favorite soccer memory was going to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. As soon as I walked into Soccer City stadium for the Ghana vs. Germany match, I instantly felt the electric energy and global love of the game! What do you think […]

What’s your favorite soccer memory? When Sacramento Republic FC won the USL Championship in 2014, our first year as a club. What do you think is the greatest thing about women’s soccer or working in soccer?  Women’s soccer has been experiencing a slow climb over the past few years and has seen an explosion over […]

WIS squad, we need all United Soccer Coaches members to get behind 2023 Board of Directors candidate Sarah Dwyer-Shick. Sarah brings so much to the WIS network and we have no doubt she’ll make a fantastic candidate. WIS Founder Courtney Carroll Levinsohn explains why Sarah deserves your vote: “It is with tremendous pride we endorse […]


Name: Melissa Ortiz Pronouns: She/her  Position: Former pro player, soccer analyst, social media influencer and co-founder of Kickoff Coffee Co Catchphrases: #TheHustle; “Vamos que vamos”—let’s go, let’s go! Go-to coffee order: Pour over black.  What’s your favorite soccer memory?  My debut with the U20 Colombian National Team and scoring against Germany during the World Cup.  […]