AMANDA FORESTER EMAIL AMANDA
Originally from Virginia Beach, Va, Coach Amanda has been in the soccer world for 30 plus years. More than 12 years playing experience and 18 years of coaching. Her playing experience ranges from the United Soccer League with the Hampton Roads Piranhas 2nd team where she helped lead her team to the 2003 National Finals to VA State ODP. Her coaching style and foundation first began with the Virginia Rush Travel Soccer Club programs, Kellam High School Varsity team, and continued through her collegiate soccer career at Ferrum College (NCAA DIII, ODAC).
In Fall 2004, Coach Amanda became the youngest Director of Goalkeeping at the age of 17 for the Old Dominion Select Travel Soccer Club. She later worked with various PDP programs and travel teams with the Roanoke Stars Travel Soccer, Richmond Kickers, FC Richmond, and offered private coaching throughout the state of Virginia.
Over the last 18 years, Amanda and her staff have coached and mentored goalkeepers to help them move on to the D1, D2, D3 collegiate levels, High School Varsity, ECNL, MLS NEXT Academy, Girl's Academy, Elite Travel teams, Eastern Regional ODP, VA State ODP, District ODP teams, Semi-Professional and Professional.
Her biggest focus and coaching style are developing complete goalkeepers. Mentally, physically, as leaders on and off the field, and game ready. Coach Amanda's mentors and former coaches include Jay Hoffman (former Boston Breakers Head Coach and US Women's National Team Coach), Steve O'neil (former Director of Goalkeeping for USL W-League Hampton Roads Piranhas and Va Rush Soccer Club, Jon Busch (recently retired 21-year MLS Goalkeeper and US Men's National Team member) and Eric Steele (Former Professional Goalkeeping Coach for Manchester United, Manchester City, and the English National Team and additionally former professional goalkeeper for Newcastle United).
Coach Amanda is currently RGA's Director of Goalkeeping. In July 2021, Amanda became the third female in NCAA D1 Men's Soccer history to coach male goalkeepers at the NCAA D1 level. Currently she is Longwood University Men's Soccer Goalkeeping Coach and Assistant Coach and is the only female goalkeeping coach in NCAA D1 Men's Soccer nationwide at this present moment.
Previously, she was the Goalkeeping Coach and Assistant Coach at Marymount University for their Women's and Men's Soccer Programs (Atlantic East Conference NCAA DIII). Additionally, Amanda currently is on the Virginia ODP Goalkeeping Staff and previously held a shared role as Director of Goalkeeping with the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club Fall 2020-Spring 2021.
Amanda resides in Richmond, Va and is passionate about leadership, mentorship, and developing the next generation of leaders in our sport and community. Her background is in business development, public speaking and coaching. She has been invited to come speak on mentorship, coaching and leadership in various settings with both the youth and adults.
Certifications: Welsh FA Goalkeeping License, Scottish FA Level 1 License, US Soccer D License, United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping Diplomas, CPR and Safesport Certified