Jocelyn Mantz

Jocelyn grew up in Rochester, New York. She played high school soccer at Webster Christian High School and collegiate soccer at Clarks Summit University.

Before coming to MVLA Jocelyn had a variety of coaching experiences, including as the varsity coach and program head for girls soccer at Academia Los Pinares in Honduras, coaching for the Barca Academy Columbus, ages U9-U18 (depending on the season), and as the interim head coach at Ohio Christian University, a NAIA collegiate team in Circleville, Ohio.

Jocelyn lists coaching one of her teams at the Barca Academy Cup Las Americas in the Dominican Republic as her favorite soccer memory. It was the first time in history that a full girls team went to compete at a Barca tournament. As a coach who cares deeply about empowerment, equal opportunities, and representation in sport, Jocelyn found it amazing to go as one of two female coaches at the tournament, and the only girls team. Watching those 11 year olds compete with boldness, courage, and determination was the highlight of her coaching career.

Another favorite coaching memory for Jocelyn took place in Honduras. She started working with a group of girls when they were in 7th and 8th grade. By the time those same girls were on varsity, the team won back to back championships at the national tournament, which had never been done before in school history.

Jocelyn’s favorite part about coaching is seeing the progress and growth of the players. She finds watching them improve their skills, grow in their understanding of the game, contribute to the team, and gain confidence on and off the field so rewarding. Jocelyn has her USSF D license and is an ACE Fitness Sports Performance Specialist.

Jocelyn’s favorite teams are the USWNT, FC Barcelona, and Manchester City. Her favorite players are Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath, and Lionel Messi.

Besides coaching soccer, Jocelyn loves to stay active and do anything outdoors, especially hiking, running, and kayaking. One of her favorite things to do is to travel and experience different parts of the world.