Board of Directors

Lula Bauer, Chairwoman

Lula Bauer, Chairwoman

Growing up, Lula Bauer loved playing sports. Her father made sure she participated, and she often played with the boys because no sports for girls were offered. Lula’s passion for sports continued throughout high school, and in college, her major initially was physical education then Lula transferred to nursing. Lula earned a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from George Mason University. In 1981she served on the surgical team at George Washington University Hospital that attended to President Ronald Reagan’s wounds when he was shot. The team was featured in the movie “Saving of the President” and the book, “Rawhide Down.” Still a passionate advocate for sports, Lula has been coaching soccer for more than 25 years and was always either the only female, or one of two females, in her coaching classes. While raising three wonderful (now grown) boys, Lula’s passion for promoting and providing opportunities for female athletes continued to thrive. She has mentored many female student athletes in reaching their dream of playing soccer in college. Her proudest contribution to player development is when she helped introduce the small sided format to league play, alongside Walt Lenar and Tommy Goodman, while serving on the Washington Area Girls Soccer League Board of Directors.

Tom Gross, Secretary

Tom Gross, Secretary

Tom Gross began his involvement with youth soccer as a volunteer all-girls U8 recreational coach in 1997, and continued coaching recreational soccer until 2012 when his youngest child aged out. As a volunteer, Tom was also a recreational age group commissioner and board member with both DC Stoddert Soccer and Virginia Youth Soccer. In 2002, Tom began working professionally as the Administrator of DC Stoddert Soccer. Currently Tom is employed by D.C. Scores. Since 2016, Tom has served as secretary for the Maryland Youth Soccer Board. He has the USSF “E’ and the USSF National Youth coaching licenses. Tom was also a grade 8 referee. Tom’s passion is enlightened youth athletic development. Tom lives in an empty nest with his wife Elizabeth in Washington, D.C.

Kerry Diederich, Executive Director

Kerry Diederich, Executive Director

Kerry has been involved in local area soccer for 12 years since moving here from southern California with her husband and three children, now all teenagers. She has held roles as a parent, team manager, club representative for Herndon Youth Soccer for NCSL and WAGS, tournament staff and served as a board member of WAGS (the former league). Kerry has seen firsthand through her oldest daughter how soccer can have a positive and life changing effect on a girl; her oldest daughter will be playing college soccer starting fall of 2018. Kerry has a background in marketing and is most excited about seeing soccer used as a platform to empower women and girls to reach their full potential and impact their lives in a positive way.