Gallaudet tabs assistant Liza Offreda as head coach of women's soccer program
WASHINGTON -- The Gallaudet women’s soccer program did not have to look far to find its new head coach as athletic director Michael Weinstock announced Wednesday that assistant coach Liza Offreda has been promoted to the position. She begins here new role immediately.
Offreda becomes the fifth head women’s soccer coach in Gallaudet’s history since the program became a varsity sport in 1999. This is Offreda’s first head coaching position at the collegiate level. She served four years as an assistant coach under former head coach Sarah Gumina.
"We look forward to her leading our women’s soccer program and revamping it so we can be competitive in the North Eastern Athletic Conference," Weinstock said. "We have confidence in her ability and her collegiate playing and Deaflympic experience will help her in guiding our student-athletes."
Offreda played one season of women’s soccer at Fairleigh Dickinson in 2006 before transferring to Montclair State. A midfielder/forward, Offreda was a two-time All-New Jersey Athletic Conference selection. She played three seasons at Montclair where she scored 13 goals and had seven assists in 51 games played. Offreda graduated cum laude from Montclair State in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in English Education. She furthered her education at Gallaudet where she earned a master's in Deaf Education in May 2012.
Offreda has played on three USA Deaf Women’s Soccer National Teams where she has helped the team win gold medals in the three previous Deaflympics (2005, ’09, ’13).
"I am passionate about motivating players and I aim to provide a stimulating learning environment that encourages them to maximize their skills and talents as soccer players," Offreda said. "I am devoted to preparing young people to achieve success in all endeavors set before them."
For the past three school years she has been a middle school English teacher at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center/Kendall Demonstration Elementary School.