Nov 1, 2010

Impact Name Woodie First Coach

Fredericksburg Impact News Release --

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association, which recently unveiled the addition of franchises in both the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League and W-League, is very pleased to announce Jen Woodie as the Head Coach for the Impact W-League team.

Jen Woodie

Coach Woodie is currently in her fourth year as an Assistant Coach with the University of Richmond Women's Soccer team. She was a four year starter for the VCU Rams where she served as one of the Rams' most valuable members of the backline and one of the CAA's best central defenders, earning numerous accolades throughout her career. "I am honored to have the opportunity to coach for the new W-League team coming to FASA. This league has been a passion of mine ever since I started playing in it during my collegiate career, and I believe in the mission and exposure it brings to women's soccer."

As a senior at VCU, Woodie was an All-CAA First Team selection, named the VCU Eurosport Invitational MVP, and selected to both the William & Mary Invitational and the Oregon State/Nike Invitational All-Tournament Teams and NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Third Team after anchoring the VCU defense. She also earned CAA All-Tournament honors her junior and senior year, was the Most Outstanding Performer her junior year and was named a CAA Scholar Athlete as a freshman.

Pete Cinalli, who is the FASA General Manager / Director of Coaching and will serve as Woodie’s Assistant Coach on the W-League team added, “we are extremely excited and fortunate to have Coach Woodie join our coaching staff. She was an elite player at the highest level and has direct experience both playing and coaching in the W-League.”

Coach Woodie helped the Rams earn their first CAA Tournament Championship and two trips to the NCAA Tournament in both her junior and senior years. VCU finished with a ranking of 32 her senior season after defeating Clemson in the first round of the NCAA’s. In 2006, after her senior season, Woodie was invited to the U21 National Pool Camp in Carson, CA. She was also a member of the Richmond Kickers Destiny W-League team from 2004-2009, and was Head Coach/Player in her final season.

In addition to her numerous college accolades, Coach Woodie was an All-Cardinal District, All-Region and Virginia Group AAA All-State First Team honoree each of her final three years at Woodbridge High School and was chosen First Team All-Met by The Washington Post and the All-Area Player of the Year her senior year. She also helped her Prince William Sparklers Club team to the 2000 NSCAA Division I National Championship.

"I am very encouraged about this program and the business plan that is in place.” Coach Woodie added “The community has shown that they are excited about the W-League coming to town, I can only imagine what the atmosphere at games will be like."

In addition to being the W League Assistant Coach, Cinalli will continue to be the head coach of the Impact Super 20’s team, which is for College Players 20 & under as well as High School players that plan to play in college. These players will have the opportunity to one day advance to the W-League team.

“FASA has a proven track record of successfully placing student athletes into college programs. Bringing the W League to Fredericksburg is an amazing opportunity for these players to showcase their talents at the highest level possible. Hiring a head coach with so much experience, enthusiasm and energy is just incredible. Coach Woodie was at the top of our list for obvious reasons and we are certainly thrilled to have her leading the way.”

“I am really excited to jump in and start this team” Woodie added. "Virginia has a huge soccer following, and I believe that with the plan that FASA has for this team the Impact will be a successful franchise and bring even more exposure for women's soccer to Central Virginia." Woodie graduated from VCU in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and earned her Master's Degree in Sport Management in 2008. She is currently living in Richmond, VA. 

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