It all started when Alison moved into a new neighborhood. Her daughter, Sidnie, wanted to become friends with the girls playing outside, around the corner from their new house. She jetted over on her Razor Scooter with Alison following closely behind.
Sidnie’s new friends, Zoe and Ali, became like sisters to her. Sidnie even fought like a sister with Ali. Ali and Zoe’s mom, Mia, became friends with Alison and this friendship began on that spring day, more than ten years ago.
In the beginning, Zoe, Ali and Sidnie played soccer, starting with Kindergarten Soccer meant to get incoming Kindergarteners to make new friends before starting elementary school. They progressed to town soccer, travel soccer, and club soccer. There was plenty of drama, and Mia consulted Alison at every twist and turn.
As the years went on, these three girls played a multitude of other sports: basketball, softball, rowing, volleyball, surfing, diving, rock climbing, sailing, tennis, skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, gymnastics, kickboxing, karate (Chun Kuk Do), swimming, rhythm gymnastics, boxing, lacrosse, and golf. Different sports, but still a lot of the same drama.
Mia and Alison decided to write a book to help coaches, both parent volunteer coaches and those who coach girls professionally. This is where they are chronicling their journey of creating this book. It comes out in March of 2018 through Audrey Press.
Alison Foley is the head women’s soccer coach at Boston College. Their success has led them to the NCAA Final Four, final 8 during 13 consecutive NCAA play-off appearances. During her 20+ year coaching career, she has coached many national team level players.
She started playing soccer at a young age working herself through the school and club soccer ranks, receiving ODP regional and national invitations. As a college All-American, she enjoyed a successful career playing at another competitive level. Although she still enjoy playing the game myself, her passion for soccer led me to get involved club soccer, ODP and now she is entering my 14th season of Lady Eagles Soccer School.
Academically she received her undergraduate degree in psychology, specifically studying sports psychology of girls, and a graduate degree in exercise science, Kinesiology. In addition, she earned my USSF “A” license and the NSCAA Advanced National License.
Alison and Mia also created Alison’s brainchild, Soccer on the Mat, a unique and innovative soccer & yoga program specifically created for middle school girls (ages 11-15).
Mia Wenjen co-founded Aquent in 1986 with John Chuang and Steve Kapner as a dorm room entrepreneur at Harvard University. She has been a member of the board of directors ever since and has held a number of roles at the company including starting the West Coast operations and growing the Los Angeles, California office into the company’s largest market.
In 1992, Aquent (then called MacTemps) placed #12 on the Inc. 500 list for Fastest Growing Private Company.
She later managed the Boston market, where she introduced Aquent’s Partner Program, an innovative effort securing the loyalty of the company’s contingent workforce. This initiative reduced turnover among freelancers to below 20% per year, lower than that for many firms’ full-time staff.
Mia is also a blogger at PragmaticMom, a mashup covering education, parenting, and multicultural children’s books. Her blog receives over one million views a year.
She is also a co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, January 27th, a non-profit which celebrates diversity in children’s literature.
Mia graduated from Harvard College, cum laude in history and science, and earned an MBA in Entrepreneurial Marketing from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.