Our Coaches

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Dana Sparling 

Executive Director, Receivers Coach
 

  • (2015 – present) – Executive Director, Women’s Gridiron Foundation, Inc.

  • (2019- present) – WGF Programing Coach (Receivers and QB’s)

  • (2002 – 2018) – Management Team, New York Sharks Women’s Tackle Football Team

  • 2018 – WFA D2 National Champions, Transatlantic Trophy Champions - NY Sharks

  • (2009 – 2015) – Executive Director, Fins Up Foundation for Female Athletics, Inc.

  • (2002-2005) – IWFL Executive Council Member – Liaison, Annual Championship Weekend

  • 2010 – Receiver, United States Women's Flag Football team, IFAF World Flag Championships

  • (2006 – 2017) Seven-Time Event Director, IWFL Championship Weekend

  • (2016-2017) – IWFL East All Star Game Director

  • 2002 – IWFL National Champions, NY Sharks

  • (2001-2005) – Tight End, Receiver, NY Sharks
     

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriella Farrell ("Gabby")

Conditioning Trainer, Lead Defensive Coach

  • (2015 – present) - Linebacker - Women’s Professional Football / NY Sharks, NY Wolves

  • (2018- present) - Training Manager / Defensive Coach, Women's Gridiron Foundation

  • (2015, 2017) Defensive MVP – NY Sharks

  • 2016– Linebacker of the Year – NY Sharks

  • 2018 – WFA D2 National Champions, Transatlantic Trophy Champions, NY Sharks

  • 2017 - Linebacker “Alternate”, US National Team

  • (2015-2019) - WFA All-American

  • (2019 – present) - Strength and Conditioning Coach at Stoked Athletics

  • Tackle football player since age 9- Linebacker, Cornerback, Safety, defensive line

 

  • ISSA certified Functional Movement Systems Certification I

  • (2019 – present) - Strength and Conditioning Coach at Stoked Athletics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nhandi Brown

Defensive Backs Coach

 

  • (2019- present) – Defensive Back, Kick Returner, NY Wolves

  • (2019 -present) – Defensive Backs Coach, Women's Gridiron Foundation

  • (2017- 2019) - WFA All-American

  • 2018 WFA D2 National Champions, Transatlantic Trophy Champions, NY Sharks

  • (2017 – 2018) – Defensive Back of the Year, NY Sharks

  • 2014 Rookie of the year, NY Sharks

  • (2014- 2018) – Defensive Back, Kick Returner, Receiver, NY Sharks Tackle Football Team

  • Records Held (NY Sharks)
    -- Rookie record for interceptions in a single season (2014)
    -- Most kick returns for touchdowns in a single season (2019)
    -- Longest Kick return for a touchdown (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danneille Ayala

Quarterbacks Coach

 

  • (2019 – present) - Quarterback, Captain, NY Wolves Women’s Tackle Football Team

  • (2019 – present) – QB Coach, Women's Gridiron Foundation

  • 2019 – All Star, Women’s Football Hall of Fame Game

  • 2020 – All Star nomination, Women’s Football Hall of Fame

  • 2020 - QB, Lady Mojo Flag football team; National Champions, 7 on 7

  • (2020 – present) - Head Trainer, Football Coach - Hudson Sports Complex - Fox Football Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivian Velasquez

O-Line / Defensive Coach

  • (2020 - present) - Offensive Line Coach, New York Wolves

  • (2019 – present) – Defensive Coach, Women's Gridiron Foundation

  • (2010-2018) – Gate Manager, NY Sharks

  • (2001-2015) – Running Back, O-Line, NY Sharks

  • 1996 – Olympic Springboard Diver, Puerto Rico

  • 6X All American Diver, U. Of South Carolina

  • 2X SEC Diving Champion

  • 2X High School State Diving Champion
     

April Anthony

Admin & Asst. Coach

  • (2017 – 2018) – Offensive Line, NY Sharks Women’s Tackle Football Team

  • (2020 – present) – Admin, Defensive Coach, Women's Gridiron Foundation

  • (2022 – present) – Asst. GM, NY Wolves

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