Calling it “an honor,” Christiane Lessa is excited about becoming the new head coach of the Humboldt High School girls’ soccer program.
Lessa, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the first-year head coach of the Iowa Central Community College women’s squad, is taking the reins of the fledging new Wildcat program.
“I’m very happy and excited to be coming to Humboldt and lead the program. It’s great to be here. It’s a challenge, but I’m honored to help Humboldt make history,” Lessa said. “Every time the girls touch the soccer ball, I tell them they are making history. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but they seem to have the passion that will make our job easy to work with them.”
“I’m honored to have this opportunity at Humboldt,” Lessa said.
Lessa, who works in the ICCC advising department, brings a wealth of soccer knowledge to north central Iowa. Previously, she was employed at Florida Memorial University, an NAIA program in Miami Gardens, FL, where she started the soccer program from scratch in 2010 and guided the squad through 2012.
During that time, The Pride went undefeated in county play for two seasons and even scored a 2-0 upset of NCAA Division II powerhouse Barry University. She also started the women’s program at West Broward High School in Pembroke Pines, FL. Her team went 16-3-2 in her first season.
Lessa brings immense passion for the game. She played at various club levels in her native Brazil, including the top professional club, Team Chicago Brazil. After leaving Brazil, she spent two years playing and coaching in Iceland for Haukar Football Club. She then played for the Miami Kickers of the Women’s Professional Football League in Miami for four seasons.
Her stellar playing career in college took her all over the globe. She began at Union College in Kentucky, where she was part of the top-ranked NAIA program. She finished her career with three seasons at St. Thomas University in Miami, where she graduated with a degree in religious studies.
“I’m excited about coming here and build this program and instill our goals and philosophies. I want the girls to take these leadership skills with them for the rest of their lives,” Lessa said.
“I hope to provide doors for these girls and want them to understand they can do anything they want. If soccer is something they want to keep playing down the road, I have connections to help guide them. They have opportunity with this school. The administration is excited about providing resources for us to get this started,” Lessa said.
See complete story in the Mar. 28 issue of the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe to the Independent for print and electronic editions of the newspaper.