WOMEN COACHES FOR GIRLS TEAMS
Our women coaches serve as strong role models for our players. Positive modeling is also exemplified in our Junior Coaches program which enables us to develop the next generation of women coaches starting with high school.
Lindsay Kauffman has been coaching girls (ages 5 thru 18) in the Bay Area for 15 years. She was the assistant coach for the Gold Medal winning of the 2013 USA Maccabi Women’s Team, and has been head coach for Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep HS, Lowell HS, Bay HS, and Vikings Club. In 2014, Lindsay was awarded the San Francisco Unified School District Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year in 2014. She is committed to helping girls fall in love with the game of soccer; encouraging them to be strong, healthy and confident. Lindsay studied elementary school education as well as cultural and social anthropology focusing her work and research on women’s and girls empowerment and human rights.
Ashley Boots, a native of Kansas City, has been playing soccer since she was five years old and it has been a consistent source of happiness for her ever since. Midfielder by training, Ashley has previous coaching experience with the YMCA of Boulder, Colorado. Ashley is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s Master of City Planning program, and is now consulting with cities on strategic planning projects.
Brittany Oldham is continuing on her second year as a coach for BAGU and also is Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory’s JV girls soccer team’s head coach. She has played soccer since she was five years old and is currently a captain for San Francisco State University (SFSU) woman’s soccer team. In 2013 she won the “Freshman of the Year” award and has received CCAA all academic awards for three years straight. Brittany aims to create a safe and fun environment to build player’s skills, passion, and confidence. She is studying communications and holistic health at SFSU.
Brittany Schramm, Head Coach at Bay Area Girls Unite, has also been an Assistant Coach at Lick Wilmerding High School. Brittany played Varsity Soccer at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she earned her B.A. Brittany is the DKNY Retail Coordinator for Northwest US.
Crystal Zeledon, Coach at Bay Area Girls Unite, is a Bay Area native and has been coaching for four years. Crystal has played soccer for over 18 years. She played for City College of San Francisco for two years and helped her team go to the California State Final Four for the very first time in program history. She then went on to play Division I soccer at Arkansas State University where she earned a degree in Sports Management. Crystal loves to share her passion of soccer and encourage players of all ages that anything is possible through hard work, dedication, and last but not least FUN!
Emi has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old. She got her BFA in Fashion Merchandising at the Academy of Art University, where she played Division 2 Soccer on the university’s first team. She has played multiple positions including, sweeper, stopper, left wing, and striker. In addition to coaching soccer, Emi is a Visual Manager.
Coach Erin grew up playing competitive soccer in Pleasanton, CA and has continued to play soccer for the past 20 years in San Francisco. She has been coaching girls competitive soccer for the past six years. She is a D licensed coach and holds two special topics diplomas for Speed of Play and Maximizing Player Performance using Technology and Science. She has three children and her two daughters play on competitive BAGU teams.
Erin Whitney, Assistant Coach at Bay Area Girls Unite, is originally from Michigan and moved to San Francisco 5 years ago. Erin has played soccer for over 20 years and refereed for 5 years. She graduated from Michigan State University, playing and refereeing intramural soccer during her years there. She continues to play on competitive women’s and coed teams in the Bay Area. The soccer community has helped her gain confidence over the years and welcomed her into the City by helping her meet new friends. She looks forward to contributing to Bay Area Girls Unite and helping young girls find their place.
Jennifer Casler, Assistant Coach at Bay Area Girls Unite, moved to San Francisco three years ago after having lived in Florida, Illinois, and Maryland. Although this is her first year coaching, soccer has been a constant force in her life, having played since she was six years old on various rec, club, varsity high school, and intramural teams. She currently works in finance, after majoring in English Lit and Business/Economics in college. In every place she’s lived, Jennifer has been able to build strong friendships through soccer and has enjoyed its strong, uplifting community. She is excited to share her love of the sport and the confidence and discipline it helps develop.
Kari Kussmann, Head Coach at Bay Area Girls Unite, is an avid athlete and has coached soccer teams of all ages since 2009. She played soccer at Occidental College and, since graduating, has played with various teams in San Francisco and Oakland. Kari also works as a High School Spanish teacher for San Francisco Unified, and has traveled and lived in eight Latin American countries. When she is not teaching, coaching or planning her next travel adventure, Kari likes to stay active by running and biking in Golden Gate Park and attending concerts. As a coach, player and student, Kari learned the importance of community-building, especially among women. Her intention is to promote a positive sense of community among her players, and hopes to be a role model for her players to foster a strong work ethic and a passion for soccer.
Maggie Mata-Morales, Coach for Bay Area Girls Unite, is a Bay Area native. Maggie has been playing soccer for 30 years and has beeb coaching for 15 years, working with youth ages 3 through 18. Maggie played Club Soccer with the Millbrae Hornets. She also played Varisty Soccer for Cañada College. Maggie is a mom of two daughters and is very passionate about creating competitive yet positive soccer experiences.
Marieke Blazeski, Coach for Bay Area Girls Unite, is a San Francisco native. She has been playing soccer for 25 years and has been coaching for 15 (ages 3 thru 18) with a F, E, and E/D coaching license. In addition to coaching for BAGU, she is also currently the Head Coach for the boys soccer team at Galileo High School (4+ years). Growing up in San Francisco she played recreational soccer in the Vikings and PAL league, club soccer with the San Francisco Vikings, semi professionally with the San Francisco Night Hawks, and 4 years in college at San Francisco State University (SFSU). She has experience personal training (soccer and fitness), and studied Creative Writing with a bachelors in English. She is very passionate about soccer, teaching, and competition. She also enjoys playing pool (8-ball/9-ball) competitively, reading, writing, and spending time with my two year-old daughter.
Maury Argento, Coach for Bay Area Girls Unite, loves soccer! She has been playing since she was 9 years old and has never grow tired of it. She love the game itself but also love the camaraderie and teamwork it creates and how the game requires you to think quickly on your feet. Maury thinks playing soccer is a great way to mold a child into a well rounded person. After starting fairly young she started playing right away on select teams right up until high school. It was a great time but also very hard; young girls can be really hard on each other! In college she was recruited for track so only played pick up soccer and practiced a little with the club team. After college she joined the Army to pay off her scholarships. Since 2006 when Maury moved back to the states she has been playing and managing adult recreational teams. She also loves coaching youth and watching them learn and grow. Professionally, she have been a technical trainer for over 10 years so she is training constantly and loves it. Maury is also a Sports Massage Therapist so she has a great understanding of exercise impact on the body.
Sandra Marquez, Assistant Coach for Bay Area Girls Unite, played soccer at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep and is currently studying Kinesiology at University of San Francisco (USF). She is also a Sales Associate for See Jane Run, a woman-owned and operated fitness company.
Shalom Kimble, Head Coach and Goal Keeper Trainer for Bay Area Girls Unite, is a high-level youth developer with over 20 years experience working with youth from age 3 – 18, including youth with special needs. Shalom played Varsity Soccer at San Francisco State University (SFSU) where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice.
Shauna Grillo played competitive state soccer based out of Marin and San Francisco. She was recruited early to Division 1 College trying out for the USA National Team with players like Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers and Joy Fawcett. This was a dream come true and it offered her an unparalleled learning experience. Her 20’s were spent playing with the premier Golden Gate Women’s Soccer League. Her 30’s were spent coaching for Major League Soccer (MLS) youth camps, clinics and private coaching. Today she is inspired by mentorship and by providing a non-judgmental environment for all types of growth, fitting for her career as a Growth Strategist.
Sierra Kaufman, Coach for Bay Area Girls Unite, began playing competitive soccer when she was 14 for South Bay Gunners and then changed teams in 2012 to LA Galaxy South Bay formerly known as South Bay Force. In 2013 she earned the Athletic R award her senior year in high school. Sierra played collegiate soccer for two years at Rio Hondo and was honored with First Team All-Conference freshman year. Currently she coaches the Girls JV Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory soccer team, helping the girls develop tactically, physically and mentally. 2016 Sierra is starting her first season as a BAGU coach with U10 Strength.
Our Junior Coaches program exemplifies youth leadership and professional modeling. The program is open to experienced high school soccer players. Junior Coaches are hired based on their capability, enthusiasm, level of responsibility, and availability. Selected Junior Coaches will assist the head coaches with player training, demonstrations and other fun assignments. Junior Coaches receive a stipend or can use their coaching hours toward community service.