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Coaching For Life Academy

Academy Leaders

  • Jerry Smith

    Founder and Executive Director of the Coaching for Life Academy Head Coach of Santa Clara Women’s Soccer

Executive Board

  • Robert Braunstein

    Robert Braunstein is the executive producer and host of the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area television program.

  • Joe Cummings

    Joe Cummings is the founder and president of Manage Your Soccer Club, a consulting service that provides targeted leadership, management, and partnership solutions to soccer organizations of all levels.

  • Dr. Carol Ann Gittens

    Carol Ann Gittens is an associate professor with tenure in the Child Studies Program at Santa Clara University, and an associate dean in the College of Arts and Science.

  • Stanford Jones

    Stan is an Executive Managing Director of Investments for Marcus & Millichap and Institutional Property Advisors. He serves on the Real Estate Leadership Board for SCU and the Coaching for Life Executive Board.

  • Jay Leupp

    Jay Leupp has extensive real estate and capital markets experience. He serves as a portfolio manager and analyst at Lazard Asset Management LLC.

  • Dotty McCrea

    Dotty McCrea, Ed.D. is an Educational Leadership professor at Santa Clara University and the former principal at Mercy High School of San Francisco.

  • Arcadio Morales

    Arcadio Morales is the Director of External Relations for the School of Education and Counseling Psychology and has over 30 years of leadership experience in higher education.

  • Dan O'Brien

    Dan O'Brien is the head baseball coach at Santa Clara University. He is one of college's most knowledgeable coaches on how to develop a strong team culture and teach life skills through sports.

  • Jennifer Smith

    Jennifer Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI).

  • Dr. Drew Starbird

    Dr. Drew Starbird is a graduate of the MBA program here at Santa Clara, a past dean of the business school, and currently acts as the executive director of the My Own Business Institute at SCU.

Advisory Board

  • Brandi Chastain

    Brandi Chastain is a renowned soccer player for the U.S. National Team and Santa Clara University.

  • Tony La Russa

    Tony La Russa is one of the greatest managers in the history of baseball. La Russa was a Major League Baseball executive, manager, and infielder.

  • Ronnie Lott

    Ronnie Lott is a former American college and professional football player.

  • Erica McLain

    Having competed at an elite level across five different sports since the age of six, US Olympian Erica McLain credits much of her personal development to athletics.

  • Joanne Pasternack

    Joanne Pasternack is the director of the 49ers Foundation and of community relations for the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Tina Syer

    Tina Syer has been with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) since 2000 and is currently the organization's chief impact officer.

  • Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson is the founder and CEO of Positive Coaching Alliance, a nonprofit formed at Stanford University with the mission to create a movement to transform the culture of youth sports so that all youth athletes have a positive, character-building experience.

  • Carroll Williams

    Carroll Williams served as the athletic director at Santa Clara University until 2000. Williams guided athletic programs at Santa Clara University to continued levels of national prominence.

  • Randy Winn

    Randy Winn is a former professional baseball player. He played all or part of 13 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily as an outfielder.