Coach Jones joined us in 2023 and has helped with in-house programs, Soccer Start, and Winter Academy. She looks forward to guiding the next group of young lady Wolves next season and beyond! Register here to train with her and other Wolves staff!

About Coach Jones:

I have been involved in the soccer world my whole life. I started playing in kindergarten and graduated in the Spring of 2023 from Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota) where I was a member of the women’s varsity soccer team that competed in the DIII MIAC. Academics were my main goal for picking a college but during my freshmen year I realized that I missed soccer at the competitive level and decided to walked on to my school’s team. It was one of the best decisions that I made during my time at college. I loved the experience of being on Carleton’s team and playing at the collegiate level. I built great connections with my teammates that I hope last forever. It was one of my biggest achievements in college because it was such a self-driven decision. It was daunting joining a new team my sophomore year, but some of my fondest memories from college are tied to soccer.

As a coach, how much of a mentor do you think you are?

I think my biggest strengths as a mentor are my small group and one-on-one connections. I worked for two years in the admissions office at Carleton where I conducted interviews with applying students. Those interactions provided me with great opportunities to connect with students and offer them my own advice for the application process and college in general. The position also gave me a lot of space to practice my public speaking skills as I gave informational sessions to visiting families.

On a typical soccer training day in an hour-long practice, how do you decide to structure your sessions?

If I had an hour-long practice, I would start with a warm up that would focus on dribbling and touches. I would then transition into some passing lines and shooting drills. I would try to work in creative drills that have fun elements because as a young player, I often got tired of the same drills and I would never want my players to feel bored! I love to end practices with scrimmages and games such as World Cup!

What does working as a soccer coach mean to you on a personal level?

It is a little scary to think about my soccer career ending after college and not having a concrete next step. I had an amazing, dedicated soccer coach growing up and he was a huge influence on my love for the sport. To add on, my job in admissions was super fulfilling because I was a mentor to so many students and I would love to become a soccer coach for similar reasons to encourage a love for a sport that has been in my life for so long and be able to be a consistent mentor in their lives. Overall, I would welcome the opportunity to stay connected and give back to a sport that gave me so much growing up by becoming a coach.