WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University 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 head position. She begins here new position immediately.
Offreda becomes the fifth women's soccer head 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 are excited to welcome Liza to the Gallaudet athletics family," said Weinstock. "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. 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 University (Division I) in the fall of 2006 before transferring to Montclair State University (Division III). The midfielder/forward was a two-time all-conference selection (2008, '09) which includes a second team All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) selection in 2009. She played three seasons at Montclair where she scored 13 goals, seven assists in 51 games played. Offreda graduated cum laude from Montclair State in 2010 with a bachelor of arts in English Education. She furthered her education at Gallaudet where she earned a master of arts 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 at the Deaflympics (2009, '13) and the Deaf World Cup in 2012.
"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," said Offreda. "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. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.
The Bison begin the 2014 season on Friday, August 29, when they host Trinity (D.C.) University at Hotchkiss Field at 4:30 p.m.