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The goal of Alpine Strikers FC is to provide an outstanding Club Soccer experience for our families, building positive character traits in our players that will help them succeed in the rest of their lives.

Development and retention of players – boys and girls from age U-8 through U-19 – is our core mission. We will provide our players the opportunity to play locally, on competitive teams, in a positive coaching environment.

To accomplish our mission, we will recruit, develop and retain the highest quality coaches, officials, and volunteer team managers, and provide them with the resources and structure to manage our teams in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Core Values

  • Player-centric: Coaches and volunteers place the needs of the player first.
  • Personal responsibility: Players, coaches, and volunteers embrace their responsibilities as members of the club and their team.
  • Honor the Game: We respect the Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self (ROOTS).
  • Mastery: We value Effort, Learning, and not being afraid of Mistakes (ELM Tree of Mastery).
  • Teamwork: Players, parents, and volunteers work cooperatively to achieve team and club goals.
  • Open communication: Decisions by club volunteers, coaches, parents, and players are transparent.
  • Pride: Alpine Strikers creates a sense of pride in our players, coaches, parents, volunteers, and the greater community

Alpine Strikers FC is proud to be a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

We demonstrate our commitment through:

  • Our Mission and Values
  • Training: mandatory annual training of coaches and parents.
  • Culture Keepers: Requirement that all teams have a “PCA Parent”
  • Awards: Annual club awards to PCA Double-Goal Coach® and Triple Impact Competitors®

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We have a highly committed staff that have guided the growth and development of Alpine Strikers for many years.  The Director of Coaching – Owen Flannery, makes all hiring and administrative decisions related to the coaching staff. The Technical Director Gino Pucillo, in conjunction with the DOC, are responsible for all on-field issues for the Club including coaching education and training, soccer curriculum, age group development and oversight of player selection and placement processes.  The Director of Operations – Simone LaValle, is responsible for club administration, local marketing, recruiting and managing volunteers and ensuring the highest possible customer satisfaction in the execution of our soccer programs.


Alpine Strikers is proud to provide our local community with an outstanding group of professional soccer coaches that are committed to our core mission and values.  Our coaches are responsible for all on-field issues related to their teams including player selection and playing strategy.  Of particular note, Alpine Strikers is the only soccer club in the country that has had back to back National Finalists for the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach Award.  Our coaches all undergo yearly training by the Positive Coaching Alliance and are consistently working to improve their coaching knowledge and skills through coaching licensure and continuing education courses.

Board of Directors

Alpine Strikers FC is a non-profit, community based organization. The Club is managed by an all-volunteer board of directors.  The Board of Directors provides the leadership, direction, organization, management and financial oversight of the Club. Board members are elected each May to a one- or two-year term, with each team in the Club getting one vote.

Role:Name:Parent of:
PresidentKate Hamel08G Red; 05B Red
Vice-President - older teamsBret Simon---
Vice-President - younger teamsOPEN---
TreasurerNeil Weintraut05G Red
Club RegistrarVicky Abbott
Fields Coordinator (Menlo Park)OPEN07G Red
Fields Coordinator (Portola Valley & Woodside)Dawn Machicao
Safety & DisputesSteve Foster05G Red; 02G Red
Marketing & Community RelationsSara Filipek---
Manager Mentor & RepresentativeLisa Dunlevie05B Red
Director of Coaching (ex officio)Owen Flannery---
Technical Director (ex officio)Gino Pucillo---
Director of Operations (ex officio)Simone Hedinger---


Alpine Strikers FC is a volunteer-run organization in which all families are expected to contribute time to their teams, and each team is expected to contribute time to the club.  All club-wide services (age group coordination, registration, field scheduling, referee assigning, uniforms, club-wide events) are organized by volunteers.  

Our teams are managed by volunteer Team Managers and other volunteer staff – they are responsible for all off-field issues (scheduling, finance, etc.) operating to norms established by the Club. Team Managers are nominated by their team and approved by the Board. Each team manager is expected to attend club-wide meetings which are open to the entire membership. In turn, the Club provides extensive training for its Managers, Schedulers and other volunteers.

Mailing Address:

Alpine Strikers FC   –  P.O. Box 620693  –  Woodside, CA 94062