Joanna Lohman is a USSF B Licensed Coach who specializes in the mental, physical, and emotional development of youth athletes. She is a former professional soccer player, member of the United States Women’s National Team, and the first player in Washington Spirit history to have her jersey retired. During her 16-year professional career, she played for 7 different teams and 5 different countries, taking her to Sweden, Spain, Cyprus and Japan where she trained with the world's top players. She finished her stellar career coming home to play for the Washington Spirit from 2015-2019, including an appearance in the NWSL Championship game.
Joanna grew up in Silver Spring, MD and went on to attend Pennsylvania State University on a full athletic scholarship. She was a two-time captain of the team and became one of the most decorated players in Penn State history:
She has been inducted into the Springbrook High School and Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame.
She is the author of "Raising Tomorrow's Champions", an extraordinary parenting and life lessons book as told through the eyes of the greatest women's soccer players of all-time. Joanna is also a human rights activist and a Sport Diplomat traveling the world running programs in less developed nations. As a performance coach and professional speaker, she has shared her message with organizations all over the world, including: The Minnesota Vikings, The Human Rights Campaign, Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Qualcomm, Lifetime Television, American Staffing Association, and schools and universities all over the country.
In 2022, Joanna was the leadership and performance coach for the George Mason Women’s Soccer Team. Each week, Joanna would take the players through impactful mindset sessions that challenged them to develop their self-awareness, self-talk, self-image, habits and behaviors, and self-regulation.
Because of her success at GMU, Howard University and The Bullis School (amongst others) also hired Joanna to work with its players and students, giving Joanna broad influence and experience working with athletes at the high school and college level.
Joanna also coaches and guides youth athletes through personal on-field sessions and her annual sold out summer camp. In addtion to skills training and ball mastery, Joanna incorporates mindset work which is essential to excellence.