U.S. Soccer is proud to partner with IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies supporting women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This first-of-its-kind coalition emphasizes that STEM is everywhere, essential to the success of all fields from entertainment to business to sports. IF/THEN is built on the mantra that “if we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.”

U.S. Soccer will work with IF/THEN to hire more women into new, full-time positions to support the Federation’s high-performance department and initiatives.  Covering such STEM areas as sports medicine, sports science, data and performance analysis, these positions will directly impact U.S. Soccer’s ability to support and develop world-class players within the U.S. National Team program.


Learn more about Dawn Scott’s personal story, and how her journey into high performance is impacting the U.S. National Women’s Team.

FEATURING Lea Thomann 

Meet Lea Thomann, one of U.S. Soccer's #WomenInStem rockstars. As the sports medicine senior manager, Lea is responsible for the well-being of all our National Team players which allows them to stay fit in this elite environment. 

go behind the crest to learn how stem impacted the road to france

In this episode of Behind the Crest, Presented by Volpi Foods, the U.S. WNT’s last event of 2018 has brought the team to Portugal, where it began training camp with some physical testing that will help High Performance Coach Dawn Scott set a foundation for the players to hit the ground running in January on the road the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.



Dawn Scott joined U.S. Soccer in 2001 to oversee High Performance for the WNT at the Federation. She has supported the WNT at the last three FIFA World Cup Finals, reaching the final in 2011 and with the team winning gold in 2015 and 2019. She also supported the team at the 2012 Olympic games when the team won the gold medal. She previously was Head of Sport Science (women’s football) at the English Football Association, a role she held for 9 years culminating in the team reaching the Final of the 2009 European Championships. Dawn has always been scientifically minded, and studied Physics, Maths and Electronics at school, then Sport Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. She then completed a Masters in Sports Nutrition at Aberdeen University, and is currently completing her PhD part time at Western Sydney University, where she is developing a training model for elite female soccer players.



Dr. Monica Rho is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she serves as the Chief of Musculoskeletal Medicine for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). She is the Reva and David Logan Chair of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and the Regenstein Chair for Medical Education. She is board-certified in Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). She is the team physician for the US Women’s National Soccer Team and accompanied them to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, where they won the World Cup. She is the former team physician for the US Men’s Paralympic Soccer National Team and accompanied them to the Rio 2016 Paralympics. She currently serves on the US Soccer Sports Medicine Research, Education, and Advisory Panel for US Soccer. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and completed her medical degree and her residency training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She did her Sports Medicine fellowship within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She was previously funded by a National Institute of Health K12 grant to study the neuromuscular control of the hip in femoroacetabular impingement. She has presented her research nationally and internationally. She previously served as the company physician for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. She is the 2015 recipient of the “Best Teachers of Feinberg Award” at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. At the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, she has also been awarded “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” in 2012 and 2014 and “Mentor of the Year” in 2013, 2015, and 2016.


As the Senior Manager of Sports Medicine at U.S. Soccer, Lea brings impressive skills in both on and off field delivery and management of medical services. Lea’s role was strategically created during the development of the High Performance Department at USSF to improve health care provision and to enrich policy and procedures for player safety and wellness for the Youth and Senior National soccer teams. Lea’s responsibilities encompass management and mentoring of a large network of multi-disciplinary medical providers as well as collaboration with external consultant medical staff to the Federation. Prior to her role with U.S. Soccer, Lea served as Director of the Athletic Training Program and instructed in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at San Diego State University. Lea has maintained an active clinical presence as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. Her work in multiple settings has contributed to her passion to help individuals in the areas of functional evaluation, rehabilitation, therapeutic exercise, and injury prevention.


Ellie Maybury joined U.S. Soccer in 2016 as lead Sport Scientist for the Youth Women’s National Teams. In this role Ellie oversees the sports science and physiological aspects of USA’s youth teams. Ellie’s job requires her to use science, technology and research to deliver innovative and progressive sport science services. She is responsible for athletic development, optimal preparation of players for competition, monitoring of physical loads, recovery and injury prevention protocols, nutritional strategies, and strength and conditioning prescription. Before joining U.S. Soccer, Ellie worked for four years at the England Football Association as a sport scientist with their youth female National Teams. Alongside this role, Ellie also worked for Birmingham Women F.C. with their first team in the English professional league. During her time at Birmingham, Ellie helped the team achieve success in league and cup competitions, and the UEFA Women’s Champion’s League.  Ellie began her career in 2007 working with youth players at Birmingham Centre of Excellence. Ellie has a BSc in Sport Science from the University of Birmingham, and an MSc in Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University. She is currently living in Chicago. Her job requires her to travel extensively both in the U.S. and worldwide for training camps and competition.






About IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies

IF/THEN® seeks to further advance women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. Rooted in a firm belief that there is no better time to highlight positive and successful female professional role models, IF/THEN® is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers by: (1) funding and elevating women in STEM as role models, (2) convening cross-sector partners in entertainment, fashion, sports, business and academia to illuminate the importance of STEM everywhere, and (3) inspiring girls with better portrayals of women in STEM through media and learning experiences to pique their interest in STEM careers. Learn more at www.ifthenshecan.org.