In May, Long Island Soccer Club announced the Female-First Initiative, a coaching model that prioritizes integrating the female perspective, insight, and expertise into the culture of each and every girls’ team at Long Island SC.

With the addition of six experienced female coaches, the club can ensure the influence of a female coach at every level of our girls’ program. This model cultivates diversity in thinking and fosters collaboration between coaches, whereby they share their strengths, learn from each other, and provide players with an expansive breadth of coaching expertise.

“With the current level of our Girls’ Development Academy program and the addition of top-level coaches, Long Island Soccer Club has become the best pathway for competitive female soccer players on Long Island,” LISC Girls’ Development Director Meghan Frey said.

Here are the first six coaches who joined Long Island SC as part of the Female-First Initiative. The club will continue to announce the additions of new coaches and staff members as part of this program in the future.

Shannon Neely Noel

Associate Head Coach

Neely Noel, an assistant coach at Fordham University the past two seasons, has also served as an assistant coach at Northwestern University for five years and Grand Valley State University for three seasons. As a player, she helped guide Ohio State University to three NCAA Tournament appearances including advancing to the Elite Eight in 2004.

Jen Bethea

Associate Head Coach

A standout at St. John’s University from 2008-11, Bethea returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach in 2015. While she helped guide the Red Storm to their first NCAA Tournament appearance as a player in 2009, in her first season on the coaching staff, St. John’s set a school record with 15 wins en route to its first-ever Big East regular-season title.

Amanda Ferranti

Associate Head Coach

Ferranti, who has her master’s degree in sports and exercise psychology, is the founder of Ferranti Empowerment where she specializes as a certified mental performance consultant for youth players, teams, and coaches. During her playing career, she helped lead Princeton University to the NCAA Tournament Final Four and won the Northeast Division with the Long Island Rough Riders.

Lauren Gallagher

Mental Fitness Coach

Gallagher, who has a master’s degree in special education and a Ph.D. in school psychology, is a certified school psychologist. A co-founder of Sync It Up Sports, which connects players, coaches and parents via the psychological, social and team-building tools needed to succeed in team sports, Gallagher played soccer at Cornell University and has been coaching boys and girls soccer for the past 12 years.

Sage Dieterle

Staff Coach/Club Administrator

A graduate of Adelphi University, Dieterle has been a coach for seven years, working with players between the ages of 7-18 throughout Connecticut and Long Island. Dieterle, who currently plays on the Long Island Rough Riders women’s team, is an assistant coach with Long Island SC’s 2007 NYCSL girls’ team and the head coach of the 2005 EDP team.

Michele Lammers

Staff Coach/Club Administrator

A graduate of SUNY Cortland, Lammers played goalkeeper at Delaware State University before transferring to finish her degree. She has served as an assistant coach at Port Washington High School on Long Island and has worked as a counselor at various soccer camps.

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