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May 16 | Global Sport Lab: Local Coaches Tell Their Stories

May 10, 2024

Join us for a panel discussion with Shirley J. Yee (UW Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) in conversation with Nicole Van Dyke (UW Women’s Soccer), Courtney Gano (UW Softball and Class of 2016) and Amy Griffin (UW Women’s Soccer; Executive Director of the Seattle Reign Academy) as part of the Jackson School’s new Global Sport Lab initiative.

Global Sport Lab: Local Coaches Tell Their Stories
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Kane Hall 220

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington.

About the speakers

Shirley J. Yee is Professor, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Adjunct Professor, Department of History at the University of Washington. Professor Yee’s training is as a historian of gender, women,race & ethnicity in the United States. She has been a member of the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies faculty since 1988. She served as Chair of the department from 1995-2001.

Nicole Van Dyke, Head Coach of University of Washington Women’s Soccer, has over 15 years of experience as a head coach at the collegiate level. During her coaching career, Van Dyke has set her players up for both team accomplishments and individual success, having guided numerous all-conference, all-region and all-American honorees. Over the course of 17 seasons as head coach at Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State Bakersfield, Penn and UW, the veteran gaffer owns a 138-120-51 career record. Van Dyke, a former professional player in Scandinavia herself, has developed and positioned her players for future success, including over a dozen of her former Huskies who moved on to professional soccer careers around the world.

Courtney Gano ’16 was named as Assistant Head Coach of University of Washington Softball in June 2023. Prior, she served as the director of player development. Gano has played professionally with Athletes Unlimited and in Italy with club Forlì and the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch league. During her time as a Husky, Gano concluded her career with a .296 average with 24 home runs – including 18 during her junior season – and 102 RBI. She saw time all around the field, making starts at first base, third base, shortstop and catcher during her four years as a Husky. Gano was named a Pac-12 Second Team selection and NFCA All-Region Third Team honoree in 2015.

Amy Griffin is Assistant Head Coach for University of Washington Women’s Soccer and Executive Director of Seattle Reign Academy. She finished her 24th season with Washington in 2019 as one of the most respected and successful coaches and goalkeeping specialists in the nation. A U.S. Youth Soccer Hall of Fame member, Griffin was the NSCAA’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014. Eleven of her keepers have recorded career GAA marks under 1.50 and four have been at or below 1.00. Under Griffin’s coaching, the Huskies have seen Hope Solo win two All-American awards and had seven All-Pac-12 honors for their goalies. In 2019, Griffin helped the Huskies earn the Regional Coaching Staff of the Year award by United Soccer Coaches.

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