UWS Tryouts

UWS Tryouts


UWS Staff



Tara Koleski

UWS Head Coach

Tara Koleski was a former Head Coach at Dominican University of California, former associate head coach at University Northern Iowa, and former head coach for two seasons apiece at NCAA DI UMBC and NCAA DII West Chester University.

Tara was named the 2005 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Northeast Region Coach of the Year, the Southeast Pennsylvania Coaches Association (SEPCA) Women's College Coach of the Year, and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Coach of the Year. Tara was the head coach of the semi-professional Rochester Reign of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) and an assistant coach at Swarthmore College (2003) and Villanova University (2002).

Tara earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Portland and holds a Master's Degree from Northern Arizona University in Administration Leadership and Business certification from Harvard Business School in Entrepreneurship Essentials. Tara has a USSF B license, NSCAA Premier, and DFB B license.

Tamera Hatfield

UWS Assistant Coach

Tamera is the Founder and President of non-profit 501c3 corporations Arizona Soccer Academy, Inc. and Arizona Sand Soccer, Inc. as well as Incorporated programs Athletic Mapping, United Soccer Academy, Arizona Soccer University, Girl With A Goal, Boy With A Goal. She is currently contracted by the City of Scottsdale to run the Arizona Soccer Academy Programs for Ages 2 years and older. Tamera holds her NSCAA Coaching License. She was an Assistant Coach for the Arizona Heatwave W1 franchise in the United Soccer Leagues Western Division inaugural year 2001. Tamera also works on Body Stabilization Training Rehabilitation Specialized in Kinetics.

Tamera’s playing career includes Tus Niederkirchen 3 Year Professional contracted player; Tus Niederkirchen Este Bundesliga German Championship 1993; Supercut Championship 1993. Rochester Reign Semi Professional Soccer League – New York, WPSL, Attacking Midfielder / Forward Player 2005. She was also selected to play at the US Olympic Training Center for 5 consecutive years and selected for the Youth National Development Training Camp California.

Kali Harmon

UWS Assistant Coach

Kali Harmon is the current Goalkeeper Coach at Arizona State University. Prior to joining The Sun Devils in Fall 2020 she spent time on staff at Southern Utah University, Chandler Gilbert Community College & Mesa Community College.

Outside of Coaching Collegiately, Kali is the Owner/Operator of Advantage Goalkeeping. A Goalkeeper specific training program servicing all Goalkeepers in the Valley. Kali earned her BS in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University. Kali has her USSF D License as well as the NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.

Cortney Kellenaers

UWS Assistant Coach

For the last 15 years, Cortney Kellenaers has been the head varsity soccer coach at Maricopa High School, serving both the boys and girls program. Additionally, Cortney formed and managed his own club in Maricopa, was the Associate Head Men’s coach for GateWay Community College for two years, and currently serves as an Arizona Soccer Association ODP staff coach. Cortney is a full time biology teacher at Maricopa High School.

In 2021 and 2022 Cortney was named the Girl’s 6A Desert Southwest Region Coach of the Year. He has been named high school teacher of the year for the Maricopa Unified School District in 2011. Cortney currently holds a B license with USSF, an Advanced National Diploma with United Soccer Coaches, a Goalkeeper Level 3 Diploma with USC, the Accredited Interscholastic Coach Certification with NFHS, and the Grassroots Instructor License with USSF. Additionally, Cortney holds a Master’s Degree in Administration and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.

Dana L. Hooper

Director of Player Personnel

Dana Hooper is a local attorney with a unique practice that focuses on employment law, commercial litigation, and sports matters. In Dana’s sports practice, she works with a variety of clients, including representation of professional athletes, college, professional and youth coaches, executives, teams, youth clubs and organizations, and sports-oriented businesses.

Dana brings her experience not only as a former soccer player but also as a U.S. Soccer certified agent for professional female and male soccer players to benefit as a sports liaison to FC Arizona.

Cindy Hallas

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Cindy Hallas played Division 1 soccer at the University of Arizona and at Grand Canyon University. After college, she played semi-professional soccer with Arizona Heatwave, retiring from competitive soccer in 2010 after numerous injuries and knee surgeries. Cindy transition to coaching soccer at Sandra Day O’Connor High School with Rick Kelsey and at Pinnacle Peak High School with George Okallo and Chuck Browder. Although her soccer career ended due to injury, it has inspired Cindy's personal lifestyle choices to include corrective movement and strength training. Cindy also currently works as a Senior Mortgage Loan Officer with Amerifirst Financial.

UWS Overview


United Women's Soccer (UWS) League

United Women’s Soccer (UWS) is a national pro-am league composed of professionally operated clubs within the United States and Canada. UWS provides high level competition for college players, aspiring and former professionals, and international stars.


The overarching goal of UWS league is to achieve equality of opportunity for women’s soccer. In a time where there are several professional and amateur leagues for men’s soccer across North America, there is a huge gap that exists between the college and professional ranks on the women’s side. UWS fills that gap by providing a pathway to pro for the amateur player.

FC Arizona is an American soccer team based in Phoenix, Arizona. FC Arizona joined UWS for the 2022 season. Our UWS team will be led by our current Girls Director of Coaching, Tara Koleski.

Tara Koleski was a former Head Coach at the Dominican University of California, former associate head coach at University Northern Iowa, and former head coach for two seasons apiece at NCAA DI UMBC and NCAA DII West Chester University. Tara is excited about her role with FC Arizona and she is ready to bring her success and expertise to our fields.

Contact with any questions:

Head Coach Tara Koleski