The short of it
My name is Brooke & I currently live in Dallas, TX which is where I grew up playing soccer and volleyball. I was recruited to play soccer at the University of Richmond where I had an amazing experience and career as an All-American and Academic All-American. After graduating with a degree in Psychology, I went on to the University of Virginia to get my Masters in Sport & Exercise Psychology. Since then, I have coached soccer at the college, high school and youth levels.
My family moved back to Dallas in 2012, which wasn't as easy a transition as I expected. The stress I was experiencing affected my energy levels and health. At 40 pounds overweight, I initially turned to Jenny Craig for help and began running (which I hated, then learned to love). I fell into Beachbody coaching at this point in early 2013, which helped me lose the remaining 20 pounds and allowed me the ability to help others get healthy. I loved being a fitness coach because I wanted to pay it forward and give other women the courage to put themselves first. I built a substantial living for myself as a fitness coach, connecting with hundreds of people all over the country. But after an injury led me to knee surgery in November 2016, I had difficulty getting back to a competitive fitness level. I also felt lost and depressed. I inevitably withdrew from social media and fitness coaching.
In January of 2017, I was approached by a friend to start a business centered around positive coaching in soccer using futsal training principles. Futsoul was born a year later, but I had already fallen into another line of work I loved as well - retail management. I led a team of women at ivivva by lululemon for 3 years, where we were able to make an impact in the Dallas community among active girls. I was an Assistant Store Manager as well as the Community Lead. I was in charge of creating a vibrant and energetic space for girls to feel empowered in; we hosted events centered around health, movement, nutrition, & fun! Before lululemon discontinued ivivva in the spring of 2019 (pre-pandemic), I also underwent neck surgery and ankle surgery due to osteoarthritic reasons as well as weakened or destroyed cartilage in each of those joints. My physical health was still not at the level where I wanted it to be.
While working with girls at ivivva, along with rediscovering positive coaching through Futsoul, my desire to continue working with young athletes grew again. So I chose to become a Physical Education teacher. I am currently teaching PreK through 8th grades, which has proven to be one of the best decisions I've ever made.
My daughter is an avid runner and lacrosse player. Our weekends are full of activities and sports. While I am not running anymore, I am working on gentler types of fitness like walking, yoga, and meditation.