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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Advisory Board

 
 

 

Dr. Donna Duffy

 

Dr. Donna Duffy earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 2007 from the Department of Kinesiology. Prior to coming to UNCG, Donna completed her B.S. and Ed.M. at Boston University in Boston, MA. In addition to her role as a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG, Donna is also the Program Director of the Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity at UNCG. Donna’s professional work and research interests are grounded in girls and women in sport and physical activity, with a heavy focus on coaching. Donna serves on several UNCG and community boards and is fortunate to serve in several leadership roles as a part of her board work. When she is not focused on her academic work, Donna spends time training for her first ½ marathon and among great friends and family.

 

Anthony Stone

 

Anthony Stone is a former USA Football Master Trainer and renowned supporter of women's tackle football. He is passionate about growing the sport of football. Coach Stone won a gold medal in 2010 with the USA Football Women's National Team as a Defensive Coordinator, compiling three impressive shut-out wins with a combined 201-0 score at the event. Coach Stone's was one of seven USA Football Master Trainers who led instruction at a pair of clinics in South Korea in May of 2015. Read his USA Football Blog.

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