Help Us Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day!

Trusted Coaches would like to salute all the girls and women who make sports so special, and thank them for their efforts in making physical activity and empowerment accessible to all. More than 25,000 coaches have completed Trusted Coaches training or are currently in our program. Many of these coaches are women who are mentoring the next generation of young athletes. We thank you for your dedication to youth sports! For more information on the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, click on this link:

Some Quick Facts...
"The Women’s Sports Foundation is the ally, advocate and catalyst dedicated to ensuring all girls and women have the opportunity to realize their power through the benefits of sports and physical activity."  /
·         When Title IX passed…  
        o   295,000 girls were participating in high school athletics
        o   1 in 27 girls participated in high school athletics
        o   30,000 female athletes were at NCAA schools
·         40 years later…
        o   3.2 million girls are participating in high school athletics
        o   2 in 5 girls participate in high school athletics
        o   193,000 female athletes are at NCAA schools
Women Working in Sports

Minnesota Youth Athletic Services is the parent company of Trusted Coaches and Wisconsin Sports Services. Here are a few of the amazing women who work for our companies.

  • Angela Walczak:  Program Director: 2015-Present. Angela has her Master's degree in Recreation Management and is a program director in MYAS girls' basketball and swimming. Angela also has some duties with Trusted Coaches.  
  • Dara Northfield:  Chief Financial Officer: 1998-Present. Managing the financial growth of Minnesota Youth Athletic Services, Trusted Coaches, and Wisconsin Sports Services is no small task. "It has been a pleasure to be part of a nonprofit organization that supports youth athletics in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and across the country. I believe youth athletics are an important contributor to becoming a well-rounded adult and I consider it an honor to contribute to that mission." 
  • Siri Forde:  Office Manager/HR: 1991-Present. While Siri has served in a number of capacities during her years at the MYAS, her current primary roles include serving as office manager, human resources coordinator, assistant gambling manager, and editor of the MYAS newsletter. A 2002 recipient of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day "Breaking Barrier Award," Siri is proof that women make amazing daily contributions to those who work and play in sports!   

Angela, Dara, and Siri are just a sampling of the women who have worked within our organization over the past 28+ years. You can see some of our other employee profiles by clicking these links:

"We need to have women in more powerful positions that are making decisions, so when that 10-year-old girl is looking up and wondering, 'What can I do and what do I want to be when I get older?' she has the opportunity to do and be whatever she wants."
- Abby Wambach