These two dynamic coaches have led the way in their leagues, both regionally and nationally. In a male dominated sport, Liz and Alison have paved the way for future generations by encouraging girls to develop into strong and confident young women.
Since 1972, with the passage of Title IX, women have been a minority in the sports world especially in the sports business. In the US, only 10% of all high school athletic directors, two in 10 head college coaches, and less than 20% of college athletic directors are females.
Lima, a Harvard University graduate, owns and operates the highly successful, South Shore Select; an all-girls soccer club with over 400 players and 27 teams. In 2014, Liz guided her U13 Elite team to a third place finish in the US Youth Soccer National Championship. Select will look to take the crown this year, when they travel to the U14 National Championship in Oklahoma City.
Foley has led BC over the past 19 years to 13 NCAA berths, including 11 consecutive, while amassing a record of 229-121-36; which is more wins than any other women's soccer coach in program history. During her tenure at Boston College, Alison guided the program to eight Sweet 16's, three Elite Eights and the 2010 College Cup (Final Four).
"We hope to make our girls the best players they can be, while maintaining their love and passion for the game of soccer", said Lima. "We strive to make each player a better individual off the field by teaching them about community and social responsibility." Select's goal is to have the girls remember their time on the soccer field as a positive, competitive and heartfelt experience that prepared them for their futures.
Most importantly, Select holds it's values in the highest regard; which are are integrity, respect, family, dedication, passion and honest and open communication. Keeping consistent with their values, they are strict about the educational gains of their players, and make sure the girls' primary focus is their education. With Alison's leadership as the Senior Director, Select plans on developing the young female athletes for college.
"Partnering with Liz is a very exciting endeavor for me", said Alison. "We know each other well and both respect that while pushing our players to be the best; we never compromise making them the best people they can be first. Liz is one of the most talented youth coaches in the country and I look forwarded to blending our coaching strengths to provide a unique and elite environment in club soccer."