Marie Onorato Schweitzer

Marie, is well known as one of the pioneer female soccer players from Northern Virginia. As a founding member of Braddock Road Cougars, Marie began playing for Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) in 1975. In addition, Marie was also a member of the Virginia State Olympic Development Program (ODP) as well as the Region 1 ODP team. She was one of the first females to receive a scholarship to play at Radford University and did so as a key defender for four years on a very successful Radford Division One team. Marie, was named co-captain on Radford women’s soccer team and had her number retired in 1989. Since receiving her Bachelor‘s degree from Radford University (1987) and Master’s degree from George Mason (1991) in Education, Marie taught school, successfully coached a number of successful youth teams while mentoring and developing many young players. She is now a Director of Coaching for the Northern Virginia Soccer Club (NVSC). Marie also volunteers and helps the Prince William Special Olympics Soccer Team. In 2013, Marie was awarded the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Dual Coach Award and attended the first WAGS All Female International Coaching Education Trip to France for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. In 2020 Marie was inducted in the Virginia-DC Hall of Fame, a great honor for having devoted so much to the game of soccer as a player and leader in youth and women’s soccer for so many years. She continues to energetically and enthusiastically coach, play, and set a positive example for young girls and women of all ages to follow.