Theresa grew up in Edmonds. She attended Lakeside High School where she was an outstanding all-around athlete excelling in soccer, basketball and tennis. In soccer she is the all-time Washington Class 2A scoring leader with 120 goals and her team won the 1995 and 1996 Class 2A state title. She was 1st team All-Metro soccer all four years and in 1994, was Metro League MVP. In basketball, she was 1st team All-Metro in 1997. In both 1995 and 1997, she won the state high school doubles title in tennis and was named Seattle Times Female Athlete of the Year.
At the University of Washington, Theresa was an outstanding midfielder/forward leading the team to its first Pac-10 title in 2000. She earned All Pac-10 honors all four years (1st team as a senior) and was a 3-time Pac-10 All-Academic. (In 1997 rookie of the year and offensive MVP, 1999, she was the team’s Player of the Year & Offensive MVP, and was a SoccerBuzz (website devoted to college women’s soccer) All-American. As a senior in 2000, she led the team to its first-ever No. 1 ranking, and she finished at the UW as the leader in career points scored with 80 (no longer a record); however, she continues to hold Husky single-game records for goals (4) and assists (4). Additionally, she was named a Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
After her collegiate career, she played professionally for the San Jose CyberRays from 2001-2003. While playing for the CyberRays she was a part of the 2001 team that won the WUSA Inaugural Championship. She began coaching soccer professionally in 2003 as the top assistant coach at U. of San Diego (2003-07). She was then assistant coach at Stanford from 2008-2010 then became the head women’s coach at Dartmouth in 2011. She held this position through the 2013 season then accepted the prestigious head women’s soccer coaching position at Notre Dame.
Theresa and her husband Alex have a young daughter, Sierra, and another child on the way.