Hannah Krieger isn’t shy about telling people the positive impact sport has made in her life. Now, she works daily to create the same impact for other women.
Hannah is the Executive Director of the Sportswomen of Colorado, which honors and promotes girls and women in sports in Colorado. She is just the second Director in the organization’s 40-year history.
A 2012 graduate of the CSL’s Distance Learning program, Hannah says, “I’m thrilled to run an organization with a mission I feel so passionately about. Sports have greatly and positively impacted my life, and I look forward to the challenge of growing Sportswomen of Colorado to continue creating opportunities for other women.”
Sportswomen of Colorado is the first community based organization in the nation to honor female athletes at the state level. When SWOC was founded in 1974, women were fighting for opportunities to play sports, and with Title IX, female athletes began seeing more and more success. When no other organization recognized excellence from women in sport, SWOC highlighted and honored these impressive athletes.
Hannah says, “The incredible women who founded SWOC continue to stay involved and teach a new generation about the history and growth of women in sports in our great state.”
Sportswomen of Colorado also provides sports camp scholarships to elementary and middle school age girls throughout Colorado. Since 2001, Sportswomen of Colorado has supported the participation of over 900 girls in local sports camps in Colorado. Hannah says, “One of my largest goals in my first year is to expand the camp program to provide more access to young women who need it.”
Her second goal is to address a lack of females working in the sports world, both as coaches and administrators.
“Moving forward, I am looking for ways SWOC can support women who are already in these roles, along with helping women who want to enter the sport industry as a career. This is an issue I feel passionately about, and one I have witnessed and lived first-hand as one of the few women working in the soccer world. We have a lot of ideas on how to do this – including hosting a speaker series and launching a mentorship program – and are looking at a variety of ways to achieve our goals.”
A Michigan native, Hannah’s other passion is soccer. She has coached competitive and recreational soccer for over fifteen years and holds a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) B license, a U.S. National Youth License and a NSCAA Urban Soccer Diploma. Hannah was a four-year starter and two-year captain at Smith College and was a Fulbright scholar in Germany. Hannah is currently a trainer on the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s National Training Team.
Hannah was the U4-U10 and Community Outreach Director for the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club from 2011-2014. She managed close to 3,000 kids and 350 volunteer and staff coaches in the U4-U10 program. Additionally, she oversaw and wrote grants for the Rapids’ Soccer for Success program, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s free after school program that uses soccer as a tool to address children’s health issues and juvenile delinquency, while promoting healthy lifestyles. The program serves 2,000 youth in under-resourced communities in Colorado.
Prior to moving to Colorado, Hannah lived in Washington, D.C., where she coached club soccer with DC Stoddert and Alexandria Soccer Association. During her time as a coach in DC, Hannah also led Wilson High School to a city championship, worked with players from around the world, and traveled to Ethiopia to train coaches and promote youth soccer.
It was on that trip to Ethiopia that Hannah met Carrie LeCrom, now the executive director of the CSL. Carrie could tell Hannah was serious about pursuing her master’s degree and recommended the CSL’s distance learning program.
“I realized I wanted to take the next step in my career and that would be a great way to do it. I was working full time, and we were thinking about moving away from the DC area, so the DL program allowed me a lot of flexibility and it made things easier to be able to continue working while pursuing my degree. Another thing I loved about the DL was interacting with professors and fellow students from all over the country, and in some cases, the world, with varied experiences. It made for a great learning environment.”