Our Team

Kaitlin Swarts, M.Ed., Founder & CEO

 

Kaitlin has loved soccer since the moment she scored her very first goal at age five. She's played with the Lonestar Soccer Club, St. Stephen's Soccer Academy, Pomona College Women's Team, and leagues in San Francisco, New York, and Boston. As a coach, Kaitlin has trained players ranging from competitive club athletes to first-time adult players. After years of teaching and working in New York as a consultant for nonprofits, Kaitlin decided to connect her skills with her passion for the game. She earned her master's in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused on using sports to help students transition from middle school to high school. With the help of a team of professors and peers, Kaitlin built and tested the Upper Ninety curriculum with the goal of launching the program in her hometown of Austin, Texas. Kaitlin is trained in Restorative Justice and is the recipient of the Harvard Leadership in Education Award, the Harvard Faculty Tribute Award, and the 2019 Austin Woman’s Way Rising Star Award.

 

Jordan Johnson, M.Ed., Program Manager

A center midfielder for life, Jordan has a great passion for soccer, playing in several leagues and clubs over the years in her hometown of Farmington, New Mexico. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology. Jordan earned a Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a concentration on building culturally responsive, mental health-based interventions and systems of support for Indigenous youth. While at Harvard, Jordan completed a year-long internship where she practiced Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution with students and various members of Cambridge Public Schools and other affiliated community organizations. She is a proud member of the Navajo Nation with a love for her family and her culture.

 

Pepe Rangel, Head Coach

Pepe was born and raised in Chico, CA. At age 15, he and his family decided to make the move to Austin, Texas. In Austin, Pepe played for East Austin SC, before joining Lonestar SC. He later accepted an athletic scholarship to play D1 soccer at Campbell University, in Buies Creek, NC. where he earned his B.S. in Sport Management.  Pepe then returned to the Lone Star State, where he is currently coaching and mentoring students at Bastrop ISD. Having played soccer his whole life, Pepe continues to be active in the soccer community, playing on multiple teams throughout the Austin area.

 

Alyssa Studer, Head Coach

Since the age of three, Alyssa can’t remember a time when she wasn’t playing soccer – whether it was pick-up games in the park, in the front yard with her sister and cousins, or on one of the many teams she has played and currently plays for. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Botany and Environmental Studies, co-founded and co-captained the women’s club soccer team, and coached youth futsal. After graduating college, by way of Teach For America, Alyssa moved to Texas where she taught high school chemistry and coached JV girls soccer and JV co-ed cross country for four years in both Fort Worth and Austin public schools. She now runs the CONNECT program at the University of Texas at Austin’s RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, a program focused on connecting community organizations who have data, evaluation, or measurement projects with graduate students looking for applied and practical experience in the social and/or public sector. Outside of playing and coaching soccer, Alyssa enjoys walking her dogs, playing sand volleyball with her husband, and hiking.

 

Wesley Davidson, Head Coach

Wesley grew up in Dothan, Alabama and developed a passion for the beautiful game at a very young age. A striker in his early years, he transitioned to a midfield playmaker and has loved lining up in that role ever since. He graduated from the University of Alabama and went on to earn an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied religious practices in the Americas from an anthropological perspective. In addition to his work with youth in Austin, Wesley is a freelance soccer writer and has contributed to several platforms that cover Major League Soccer and Italian Serie A. When he’s not on the soccer field, you can probably find him hiking with his two dogs or fly fishing in the nearest body of water.

 

Giovanni Andraca, Assistant Coach

Originally from Mexico City, Giovanni moved to Austin when he was in middle school. After graduating from high school, he became the first person in his family to enroll in post-secondary education, earning an associate's degree in Social Work before enrolling in the University of Texas. Giovanni is currently a senior at UT majoring in Physical Culture and Sports. Giovanni also works as a student manager for the University of Texas Women's Soccer Team. In addition to playing in numerous leagues around Austin, Giovanni has coached at Super Soccer Stars and the University of Texas Soccer Camps. 

 

Adrienne Walk, Facetime Specialist

Adrienne was born and raised in the border town of Brownsville, Texas. She is currently a senior at the University of Texas’ Steve Hicks school of Social Work. Growing up in a border town meant that every weekend, all the city parks were full of pick up soccer games. Her love of the game started as soon as she was old enough to join in. Adrienne’s dream is to combine social work and soccer as empowerment tools when working with immigrant and refugee populations. She firmly believes that soccer can be used, not only as a therapeutic tool but also as a community strengthener. Besides social work, Adrienne’s interests include getting outside, exploring new cultures, and anything Jesus related.

 

Jose Mejia, Program Specialist

 

Miguel Paredon, Program Specialist

 

Julissa Dominguez, Assistant Coach

Julissa was born and raised right here in Austin, Texas. She recently graduated from Reagan Early College High School in May 2019 and is now attending the College Of Health Care Professions with the goal of obtaining her Medical Assistant certificate. Julissa began playing soccer at the age of 5 and loved competing with the boys for bragging rights from the start. She played for Reagan all four years of high school and had the opportunity to be team captain. In her free time, Julissa enjoys watching Netflix and spending time with family.

 

Aldair Cruz, Assistant Coach

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Aldair comes from a family with roots in El Salvador. He has been playing soccer for as long as he can remember, especially playing outside in the street with his neighbors. While Aldair has always been the shortest of the group, he is a firm believer that on the soccer field, size doesn’t matter. Aldair is a graduate of Reagan High School and in his free time enjoys hanging out with friends and family and playing video games.

 

Carlos Rodriguez, Assistant Coach

Carlos was born and raised in Mexico. Since he could remember, soccer was the only sport he truly loved and enjoyed. Unfortunately, there were no official teams nearby for him to join. At 12 years old, he came to the US and ultimately attended East Austin College Prep in Austin, Texas. He had the opportunity to play for the school and by his senior year, he was captain of the soccer team. Carlos graduated from East Austin College Prep in May 2019. In addition to soccer, he loves to play guitar, draw, and spend time with friends. 

 

Renee Hendrick, Assistant Coach

Renee grew up in Brownsville, Texas and has now been living in Austin for over three years as she pursues a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Texas. Renee has loved soccer from a very young age but never played competitively. She began playing more consistently in college with the Austin Social Sports Club, where she was also hired to be a referee. After working with ASSC for a few months, Renee became a Game Day Coordinator and has become even more involved in the game since starting this job. Being part of a team and working with others to achieve the same goal is what she loves most about playing any sport, but especially soccer. When she's not working on her social work degree or playing soccer, Renee enjoys staying active in any way possible, traveling to new places, and fellowshipping with friends and family.

 

Board of Directors

Alejandro Avellana

Paul DeFelice

Sadie Flynn

Scott Hudler

Louise Hanks, LMSW

Brent Metschan

Dorelia Miller

Keri Sanchez

Ralph Solis

 

Advisory Board

 

Sonny Guadarrama

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, homegrown professional soccer player Sonny Guadarrama played as a youth for the Austin Capitals and Austin Flyers, earning Parade All-American honors in high school. With a dual U.S. / Mexican citizenship, Sonny played for both the Mexican and U.S. National Youth Teams. Scoring 13 goals in his first year at Campbell University, Sonny was the second leading freshman in the NCAA, and the 12th leading scorer overall, earning him All-American honors as a freshman. Sonny turned pro at the age of 18 with Santos Laguna of the Mexican First Division and went on to play for Monarcas, Merida, Atlante, Necaxa, and Dorados. Following a successful professional career of over a decade in Mexico, Sonny returned home to Austin, where he founded APPA Aguilas Soccer Club.