Coach Foley tells about her motivation for creating and running this program:
“The 2 passions in my life are soccer and yoga. It is my goal to bring Soccer to the Mat™ to empower young girls, improve their soccer fitness & technique and decrease soccer specific injuries.
Currently I am the head women’s soccer coach at Boston College. Our success has led us to the NCAA Final Four, final 8 during 13 consecutive NCAA play-off appearances. During my 20+ year coaching career I have coached many national team level players and currently my players also enjoy “Soccer on the Mat™” as part of their training regimen.
As an active yogi I got inspired to become a yoga teacher. In the summer of 2012 I was certified as a balasana kids yoga instructor and received the training through Lil’ Me Yoga at Prana Power in Newton, MA.
I started playing soccer at a young age working myself through the school and club soccer ranks, receiving ODP regional and national invitations. As a college All-American I enjoyed a successful career playing at another competitive level. Although I still enjoy playing the game myself, my passion for soccer led me to get involved club soccer, ODP and now I am entering my 14th season of Lady Eagles Soccer School.
Academically I received my undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in exercise science. In addition, I earned my USSF “A” license and the NSCAA Advanced National License. I am CPR and First Aid certified.”
Kristy Zurmuhlen is an assistant coach for women’s soccer at Boston College. A Stanford University soccer stand-out and fitness expert, she will also be assisting in Soccer on the Mat™ classes.
Always an active individual, Amy found yoga in 2010 and since then has immersed herself in both the physical and soulful benefits of the practice. The practice helps Amy feel grounded, connected, and better able to navigate difficult decisions and emotions. Profoundly beneficial and complimentary to her yoga teaching is Amy’s professional experience as a Social Worker for children and families which lays the foundation for her highly sensitive and compassionate approach.
Amy completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher training with Chanel Luck and Bonnie Argo of Radiant Yoga Boston. She enriched her knowledge by mentoring with Christyn Schroeder of KidPowerment Yoga and completing her Childrens’ Yoga Teacher Training through KidPowerment. She is a registered 200 hour RYT and 100 hour RCYT through Yoga Alliance, has additional certifications in Circus Yoga and Soulful Yoga Therapy and is a Level II Reiki practitioner.
Additionally, Amy played competitive soccer throughout her childhood and teenage years, as well as an adult in college at Saint Anselm and post-college fpr Eastern Massachusetts Womens’ Soccer League. She has also coached elementary and middle-school teams. Amy is excited to bring her skills and passion to Soccer on the Mat, fostering students’ abilities to release stress and increase relaxation, calm and positive sense of self. Students will learn and grow through teamwork, mindfulness, focus activities, confidence building and body awareness while building strength and flexibility in their bodies.