Sarah Pickens has been with the U.S. Soccer Foundation since 2006, currently managing the Soccer for Success Program, the Passback Program, and the annual Urban Soccer Symposium. While working at the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Sarah also coached soccer at multiple levels, including St Patrick’s Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson High School, DC Stoddert, Arlington Soccer, and The George Washington University. Prior to joining the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Sarah spent two years in the field of teacher education. During this time, she also completed her Master of Arts degree in International Education from the George Washington University. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Certificate in Markets and Management from Duke University in 2002. While at Duke, Sarah started all four years for the women’s varsity soccer team, receiving All-America, All-South, and All-ACC honors. Sarah holds a U.S. Youth National Youth License, U.S. Soccer Federation D License, and is a Positive Coaching Alliance Certified Trainer.
Joanna Gomez has spent the last 6 years coaching soccer. She has served as the head varsity coach at Wilson High School for the last two years, leading them to back-to-back DC Championships and concluding the season with a 2011 record of 12-2. Coach Gomez also has trained several U19 teams for DC Stoddert and Wheaton FC. In addition, she also has hosted many skill and injury prevention sessions for younger players for a variety of soccer organizations. Prior to moving to DC, Joanna coached at Martin Middle School, Martin FC and coached at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) and Challenger Sports soccer camps.
Coach Gomez played Division 1 soccer at University of Tennessee at Martin in the Ohio Valley Conference as “a utility player.” Coming in as a center mid Joanna ended her career with the Skyhawks starting at right back. Prior to joining UTM, Coach Gomez played for a year at Cumberland University, where starting as a freshman she earned all-conference honors. Joanna graduated from UTM with a B.S. in Health and Human Performance.