Girl’s Soccer

Gretchen M. Zigante

188 South 300 east

Heber City, UT 84032



  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, 1999
  • American College of Educational Philosophy

Level II Sports Psychology Certificate, 1989

  • United States Soccer Federation National “A” License, 1999, 2004
  • United States Soccer Federation National “B” License, 1994
  • United States Soccer Federation National “C” License, 1989

Coaching Experience

  • Kinder Kixx, Raleigh, NC 2009-Current

Independent contractor for preschool-age soccer programs

  • Colonial Futbol Club, Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, NC-Current

Head Coach U11 and U14 Girls teams

  • Apex Soccer, Cary, NC 2008-2010

Director of Soccer Operations, Futsal and Goalkeeper Academies

  • Tompkins County United Soccer Club, Ithaca, NY, 2003-2008

Director of Soccer Operations, Director of Coaching

  • Cornell University, NCAA Division I, Ithaca New York, 2001-2007

Interim Head Coach, First Assistant Coach, Goalkeeper Coach

Distinctions: Numerous ALL Ivy and Academic ALL Ivy selections. Team ranked twice in top ten nationally in Division I for academic achievement.

  • San Diego State University , NCAA Division I, San Diego, California, 98-00

Assistant Coach, Goalkeeper coach

Distinctions: Ranked 8th nationally 1998; NCAA Sweet sixteen 1998; NCAA playoffs 1998 and 1999. Conference Champions 1998, 1999; Four All Americans; goalkeeper started for Mexican National Team; team had highest GPA of all sports teams 1998 and 1999 (3.3 overall)

  • Cal State University at San Bernardino (DII), San Bernardino, California, 1995-1998

Head Coach

Distinctions: ranked 4th in nation 1995, California Collegiate Athletic Association “Coach of the Year”, Four Academic All- American player selections, two All –American player selections.

  • Colorado College NCAA Division I, Colorado Springs, Colorado 1986-87

Assistant Coach, Goalkeeper Coach

Distinctions: consistent top ten national ranking and NCAA Final Four appearances

  • Sereno Soccer Club, Competitive Youth Soccer Club, Phoenix, AZ,200-2002

Professional Trainer and Goalkeeper Specialist

Distinctions: Far West Regional playoffs; placed 16 players to college soccer programs throughout the country.

  • Shiroki FC, Women’s Professional Team, Toyokawashi, Japan, 1993-1994

Professional Coach, Goalkeeper Specialist

Duties: Train goalkeepers for professional play; assist the head coach regarding player opinions and tactical ideas, translate, assist in contract negotiation and problem solving for foreign players.

Distinctions: First female professional coach hired in Japan; starting goalkeeper advanced to National Team during tenure.

  • Olympic Development Program (ODP), Region IV, 1986- 1999

Region IV Staff Coach, 1986-1999

Region IV Head Goalkeeper Coach, 1996-1997

Region IV 1981 Age Group Assistant Coach, 1998

Region IV 1983 Age Group Head Coach, 1999

  • Olympic Development Program (ODP) State, 1986-2001

Idaho State Boy’s Head Coach U16, U17 Age Group, 1988, 1989

Arizona State Girl’s Head Coach U17 Age Group 2000

Arizona State Head Goalkeeping Coach 2000-2001

Playing Experience

  • US Women’s National Team, 1986-1990

Full National Team player two international caps

  • UNC- Chapel Hill, 1986

Division I National Champions

Starting Goalkeeper 

  • Fujita Tendai Mercury Women’s Professional Team, 1990-1994

Full professional player  Distinctions: First US Woman to play professionally. First US player to play in Japan.

  • US Region IV Teams 1986-1990 and Cozars women’s club team

Olympic Sports Festival Gold Medal, four time national finalists


Head JV Coach

Ariel Partridge.  

Contact Info:

Ariel is a former player with Colorado Rush/Chatfield High School/University of Northern Colorado/ODP Region IV/Colorado All-State/etc. She played on scholarship in college, semi-pro indoor and outdoor teams, and amateur leagues before an aging body and family commitments took over. Ariel has coached since she was 16 years old for a variety of ages, abilities, and environments – including, but not limited to, Colorado Rush Soccer Club, Chantilly Youth Soccer Association, Smyrna Soccer Club, Global Premier Soccer Georgia, SAE School, and Heber Valley Soccer Club. She currently holds a USSF National D license and is HVSC’s Director of Academy. She is a passionate and dedicated student of the game who still dreams of finishing the perfect volley.Lani Sayer, our returning Freshman Team coach has been involved in soccer either as a player or coach for going on 30 years.


Coach Sayer 

Contact Info:

Coach Sayer played four years of varsity soccer through high school before heading on to Ricks College to pursue her education. She eventually graduated from BYU with a major in Social Studies Teaching and minor in PE Teaching/Coaching. Immediately after getting hired in Wasatch as a teacher,Coach Sayer began with the Freshman Girls Soccer team. She coached a few years before taking a break to go back to school for her Masters Degree in School Guidance Counseling.  She came back to coaching as an assistant for the Freshman girls team once again and has been there for the last 6 seasons. Coach Sayer has also worked with coach  local club teams in Heber Valley.