Iowa Soccer is led by a professional staff organized to provide educational, developmental and competition opportunities, in addition to administrative resources, support and processes for its affiliate organizations. The five-member Board of Directors provides strategic vision and has ultimate fiduciary responsibility. Most importantly, the board members are a lot like you...read on for some fun facts that will help you get to know them!
Cristy Hamblin, Chair
Where are you from? Indianola, IA
Did you play soccer growing up? Nope. That was something Pele played, but not American kids.
How did you get started in soccer? Had kids that played and needed a coach.
Through the years, what has your involvement in soccer included? Soccer mom, coach, club registrar, sideline referee (expert in my mind!)
When it comes to soccer, what "if I only knew then what I know now" advice do you have? Start at a young age playing in the neighborhoods, fields, parks.
What were our best- and least-liked soccer experiences? Dislike, parents that sat around griping but will not do anything to help. Like, watching my children play and watching kids that truly enjoy the sport.
Craziest/worst weather you ever sat through watching your kid(s) play, or that you coached/refereed in? Monsoon in Illinois. I started the wave with the five fans that were at the game and slipped and just swam on the sidelines!
College/university you attended? Iowa, Kirkwood, Mt. Mercy
Cyclone or Hawkeye...or??? Yes. As long as it's an Iowa team.
Star Trek or Star Wars? "Beam me up" Jenny/Ian/Nancy/Harold/Jane, as "I am your Father" (or mother, rather). Why choose?!
Jock McDonald, Governance Chair
Where are you from?
Did you play soccer growing up?
How did you get started in soccer?
Through the years, what has your involvement in soccer included?
When it comes to soccer, what "if I only knew then what I know now" advice do you have?
What were our best- and least-liked soccer experiences?
Craziest/worst weather you ever sat through watching your kid(s) play, or that you coached/refereed in?
College/university you attended?
Cyclone or Hawkeye...or???
Your kids are done with soccer now, so why are you still involved?
Dorothy Pisarski, Treasurer
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
Did you play soccer growing up? No, but I watched soccer. I grew up in a by-gone era in a European traditional household where girls weren't allowed to play sports.
How did you get started in soccer? My dad was a semi-pro goalkeeper and our whole family's life revolved around the "family of the team". My earliest memories go back to his team's games and events. I'm still good friends with the other kids whose dads played on that team and with whom we grew up together.
Through the years, what has your involvement in soccer included? I'm a soccer brat and a soccer mom (my son plays in college). I've been a referee more than 10 years. I've had occasional stints as a team parent/coordinator.
When it comes to soccer, what "if I only knew then what I know now" advice do you have? Since I grew up in an enclave of soccer afficionados I didn't realize how many people don't know the rules of the game. If I could do it over again I'd probably explain more and enlighten parents whose children are just starting out.
What were our best- and least-liked soccer experiences? Least: I watched a cleats-up slide that resulted in 17 stitches on the goalkeeper's face. Best: All soccer is "best experience" in the moment. Whenever two or more people are kicking a ball, having some fun and exercise, I get inspired. I love especially to see a great creative move - it can be durng a rec. game or a pro game or any game inbetween.
Craziest/worst weather you ever sat through watching your kid play, or that you coached/refereed in? When I began refereeing back east we weren't allowed to wear long pants during a game and I shivered through many frigid halves with snow falling.
College/university you attended? I earned my bachelor's degree at Siena College near Albany and my master's at New York University.
Cyclone or Hawkeye...or??? I teach at Drake, so "go Bulldogs!"
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek. I was a Leonard Nimoy geek.
Your son is done with youth soccer now, so why are you still involved? I was born into a soccer family. I am not involved in the game just because my son played, rather he might have become interested in the game because of me! I apreciate the opportunity to help the growth of the game with future generations of players and fans. It is my pleasure to do so.