ECNL Announces Kristin Brunner as Member Services Manager
RICHMOND, VA (September 9, 2016) – The Elite Clubs National League is pleased to announce that Kristin Brunner has been hired as the Member Services Manager. Brunner will lead registration and conference scheduling, and be the liaison between member clubs within the league to enhance communication and other league initiatives.
Brunner grew up in Northern Virginia playing club soccer for twelve years with the Prince William Sparklers under Ken Krieger, alongside ECNL Commissioner Jen Woodie and USWNT player Ali Krieger. She was inducted into Woodbridge High School’s Hall of Fame for both soccer and basketball, as a standpoint athlete in both sports. Following high school, she attended George Mason University where she continued her soccer career, captaining the team her senior season. Off the field Brunner spent her spare time as a Student-Athlete Mentor and member of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) at George Mason.
She graduated with a Bachelors in History and went on to get her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Education. Brunner has spent the last 10 years teaching Social Studies, Government and Advanced Placement courses at Forest Park High School. Two years ago, she began volunteering at ECNL National Events, and realized her passion for the game that provided opportunities for her was something she missed. Educating the next generation of youth comes easy to Brunner, and made her decision to transition back into the youth soccer landscape seamless. She is currently in the process of relocating to Richmond with her husband, Aaron, and two children, Owen and Sophie.
“We are excited to officially welcome Kristin to the ECNL staff, as her work ethic and passion for the game will improve league operations.” said Jen Woodie, ECNL Commissioner “Her background as a student of the game coupled with her administrative skills will bring league relationships to another level.”
Here are a few fun facts about Kristin:
Q: PB&J or Grilled Cheese?
PB & J
Q: What is the name of your favorite hometown restaurant?
Q: Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 on how weird you are.
2, it’s ok. I’m boring!
Q: What celebrity would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Beyoncé, I mean who doesn’t love and want to be like Beyoncé.
Q: What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear “Reality TV”?
Q: Twitter or Facebook:
Q: What is the most unusual thing that has happened to you on vacation?
The eye of Hurricane Arthur ran through our vacation in 2014.
Q: What is something most people do not know about you?
My club name was the Sparklers…….. for 12 years………don’t underestimate the name. We were 6 time Virginia State Champions, Regional Champions and National Finalists
Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?
TRAVEL. Growing up our family vacations were always centered around soccer (not complaining, I loved it), but it did limit the number of places we went!
Q: Paper or plastic?
Paper, my mom taught me they do a great job keeping cold things cold and warm things warm!
Q: What is your favorite board game?
As my husband would say, I hate board games. They are too slow. I’d rather play cards.
Q: Favorite movie quote:
“Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.” – Judy Hopps, Zootopia
Q: If you could have one super-power, what would you chose and why?
Super intelligent and rich so I can be like Iron Man.
About Elite Clubs National League: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for college and youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.