INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – USA Football, the sport's national governing body and member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, today announced the players and the coaching staff selected for the 2022 U.S. Girls 15U and 17U Flag National Teams.
Ottawa University (Kan.) women's flag football head coach, Liz Sowers, was named head coach of the 2022 17U Flag National Team. Sowers is a four-time U.S. Women's Football National Team player who helped lead three U.S. teams to gold medals in IFAF World Championship play across flag (2018) and tackle (2013, 2017). In her first season as the women's flag football head coach at OU this past spring, Sowers guided the Braves to the NAIA's inaugural National Championship.
"I am extremely honored to be selected as the head coach of the 17U junior national team," said Sowers. "The opportunity in this sport is continuously growing, especially with the potential of the Olympics on the horizon. I can't wait to see these top athletes come together from around the country, perform as a unit, and represent the United States. "
Ottawa finished the 2021 season with an overall record of 14-1 and a KCAC record of 6-0. The Braves had 15 All-KCAC performers, the KCAC Player of the Year, the KCAC Offensive Player of the Year and the KCAC Defensive Player of the Year. Ottawa captured the KCAC regular season championship, the KCAC Tournament Championship and Sowers was named KCAC Coach of the Year.
Each U.S. Girls team is comprised of a 12-player active roster. The Americans will face the world's top girls flag national teams among their age group in June 2022 at an international friendly hosted by USA Football. Location and game dates of next summer's global youth flag event will be announced in upcoming months. USA Football will announce 2022 Boys 15U and 17U Flag National Team rosters in the first quarter of 2022, which will compete against boys foreign national teams at the same event as the girls.
All games will be played in a 5 vs. 5 format under International Federation of American Football (IFAF) rules. IFAF, an International Olympic Committee provisional member, is comprised of more than 70 American Football-playing member nations spanning six continents, nearly doubling its family of countries in the past 15 years.
U.S. Girls 15U Head Coach Elliott Giles is the founder of the Youngstown (Ohio) Youth Flag Football Association, which has earned numerous youth flag national championships while impacting more than 20,000 boys and girls since 2007. A Miami native, Giles was inducted into the Youngstown State University Athletics Hall of Fame (2010) for his standout play at receiver for the Penguins from 1998-99. Girls 15U Assistant Coach AMANDA LARA is a current elite adult flag football player from South Florida. Owner of the all-girls South Florida Elite Flag Football organization, she shares her knowledge of the game with the next generation of players. As a high-level athlete with 10-plus years of coaching experience, Lara looks forward to both winning and building character with young athletes.
Girls 17U Assistant Coach Jason Klam of Austin, Texas, is the head coach of the Texas Fury Girls Flag Football program. Klam was named to USA Football's Athlete and Coach Advisory Subcommittee earlier this year.
Spanning eight states and more than two dozen schools, U.S. Girls 15U and 17U Flag National Team players are selected by USA Football. Athletes are evaluated at U.S. National Team High Performance Development Camps and other USA Football player evaluation events.
2022 U.S. Girls 15U Flag National Team roster:
Name
Position
High School
Grade
Hometown
Adeline Chilek
WR/DB
Vandegrift
10
Austin, Texas
Emma Clark
WR/DB
Vandegrift
10
Austin, Texas
Sarah Colchamiro
DL (Rusher)/WR
Susan E. Wagner
9
Staten Island, N.Y.
Maci Joncich
WR/DB
Coronado
10
Henderson, Nev.
Madison Mayas
WR/DB
Lois Nicotra Charter
8
Staten Island, N.Y.
Trystin Mitchell
DL (Rusher)/WR
Liberty
9
Henderson, Nev.
Raizel Obrero
QB/RB
Salem Academy
10
Salem, Mass.
Olivia Rijo
WR/LB
Susan E. Wagner
10
Staten Island, N.Y.
Mary Nell Thompson
WR/DB
Leander
10
Cedar Park, Texas
Quinn Trudeau
DB/WR
Henry Middle
9
Cedar Park, Texas
Kiona Westerlund
WR/RB
Liberty
9
Henderson, Nev.
Jordyn Woodward
LB/DB
McNeil
10
Round Rock, Texas
Name
Position
High School
Grade
Hometown
Isabella Castro
WR/LB
72 Junior High
8
Staten Island, N.Y.
Paula Nicole Cruz
WR/DB
Colegio de las Americas
9
El Centro, Calif.
Lily Mayo
WR/DB
Foothill
10
Staten Island, N.Y.
Krista Quinn
WR/LB
Lansdale Catholic
10
Staten Island, N.Y.
Kristin Sarnicola
QB/DB
St. Joseph by the Sea
10
Salem, Mass.
Coaches:
Head Coach: Elliott Giles, Youngstown (Ohio) Youth Flag Football Association
Assistant Coach: Amanda Lara, South Florida Elite Flag Football (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2022 U.S. Girls 17U Flag National Team roster:
Name
Position
High School
Grade
Hometown
Jenna Burgos
QB
Tottenville
12
Staten Island, N.Y.
Lauren Clark
DL (Rusher)
Vandegrift
12
Austin, Texas
Lia Cruz
WR
Vincent Memorial Catholic
11
El Centro, Calif.
Allison Gandlin
WR
Staten Island Technical
11
Staten Island, N.Y.
Ashlea Klam
WR
Vandegrift
11
Austin, Texas
Jade Mazziotta
WR
Moore Catholic
11
Staten Island, N.Y.
Brenna Ramirez
WR
Gilbert High
12
Gilbert, Ariz.
Victoria Rosas
WR
Tottenville
10
Staten Island, N.Y.
Marley Spielberg
WR
Basic Academy
11
Henderson, Nev.
Adelaide Videon-Perino
DL (Rusher)
Point Pleasant Boro
10
Point Pleasant, N.J.
Sarah Villarreal
WR
Vincent Memorial Catholic
11
El Centro, Calif.
Ava Wallace
QB
Vista Ridge
9
Austin, Texas
Name
Position
High School
Grade
Hometown
Julia Arnone
DB/WR
St. Joseph by the Sea
11
Staten Island, N.Y.
Rylen Bourget
QB/DB
Salpointe Catholic 
11
Tucson, Ariz.
Trinity Hutchins
LB/DB
McNeil
11
Austin, Texas
Hannah Jayes
DB/WR
Hendrickson
11
Pflugerville, Texas
Teliyah-Judith McInnis
WR/DB
Bishop Gorman
11
Las Vegas, Nev.
Devyn Silvestri
QB/DB
Joe E. Newsome
12
Valrico, Fla.
Coaches:
Head Coach: Liz Sowers, Ottawa (Kan.) University
Assistant Coach: Jason Klam, Texas Fury Girls Flag Football Club (Austin, Texas)
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