Michele Sullivan, Member at Large
As a life-long soccer player of 36 years, varsity player at Stanford, and VYS coach of 8 years, it is clear that Michele loves soccer! Each week, she is out on the fields coaching as well as playing in the year-round NoVa Coaches League and pickup games. Michele has coached travel and house, girls and boys, and All Star teams. She holds a D License at the National Level and a National Youth License. Michele is a PCA Double-Goal Coach.
Professionally, Michele worked for the Washington Freedom, Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), based out of RFK Stadium. She served as the Freedom’s Director of Technology and Finance for the duration of the league, 2000 to 2003. Definitely her dream job! Since then she has worked for corporations and non-profits, in sectors ranging from IT to wind energy. Currently Michele is a 3rd grade teacher at Mantua ES, where she gets to play soccer with the kids at recess! Michele holds a B.A. in Quantitative Economics from Stanford and an MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden School.
In 2009, Michele won the Pollin Award for Youth Soccer Coaching, with co-coach and husband Drew Fielding. Presented by the PCA, “The Pollin Award was created to honor those individuals who show an outstanding dedication to their community.”
I am a huge believer in the power of youth sports to provide opportunities for character development, leadership, fitness, and fun! I was fortunate to grow up in Montgomery County, MD and play in MSI Inc. and WAGS, along with being a member of the Maryland State ODP Team. There were hundreds of dedicated volunteers who worked hard to make these leagues possible.
As a teen I was a coach for MSI’s Player Development Program (PDP), which was a great introduction to working with youth soccer players and developing their skills. My children, who have both played since U5 and currently play U8 House and U12 Travel, have benefited from VYS’s focus on player development.
At Marshall Road ES where my children attend, I founded and have run for 6 years the “Fitness Warriors” program. This morning fitness program serves over 120 students each semester. The mission: to provide fitness opportunities, combat obesity, and enhance availability for learning. Fitness Warriors goes hand in hand with my commitment to providing sports and fitness opportunities for youth.
At VYS, I have recently participated in the new NSCAA Club Standards Program. This project is critical to promoting excellence and transparency while enhancing VYS’s mission of “providing the opportunity for children of all abilities…to be involved in a high-quality soccer experience.”
As the At Large Board Member nominee responsible for Community Relations and Outreach, I look forward to further building on the great work already underway – Scholarship and Financial Aid programs, Leveling the Playing Field sports equipment drive, iCAN! canned food drive, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month – to name a few. My focus will be to expand VYS’s positive impact on the community and on players’ lives.