A former collegiate athlete, NCAA Division I assistant basketball coach and athletic administrator, Megan Kahn brings a vast perspective to the Alliance of Women Coaches. She assumed the role of Executive Director on August 1, 2016. In her first year, she has already spearheaded the first-ever annual giving campaign and secured several sponsors and strategic partners. Prior to assuming the executive director position, she served in several capacities for the Alliance, focusing on coordinating event and educational program operations and building connections and engagement through social media and communication strategies.
In 2013, Megan founded her own collegiate consulting company, KAHNSULTING, in which she collaborated with administrators and coaches across the country in various championship and event management roles. She served as the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Final Four tournament manager, overseeing game operations in Tampa.
Kahn spent four years at the Atlantic 10 Conference office, most recently as associate commissioner from 2010-12, where she served in many capacities, including men’s and women’s basketball oversight, strategic planning, and social media efforts. She was the director of the 2010 and 2011 A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship before overseeing all facets of the Conference’s women’s basketball operations during the 2011-12 season. Prior to the Atlantic 10, Megan worked at the Atlantic Coast Conference office, where she was as an administrative assistant for women’s basketball.
Kahn got her start in the collegiate ranks as an assistant women’s basketball coach at the NCAA Division I level before deciding to pursue administration. After leaving the coaching profession, she was an intern for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) in 2005 (now known as Women Leaders in College Sports).
Megan is dedicated to personal and professional development, having graduated from the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (2004), NACWAA/HERS (2006), and the Sports Management Institute (2011-12). She holds a master’s degree in sports management and is also a certified Health Coach and aromatherapist. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, long walks on the beach, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with family and friends.
Director of Business Operations
After graduating from Cal Poly, Pomona and playing for the, then, nationally ranked softball team as an All-American, Laura launched a career in high-tech with Hewlett-Packard in the Bay Area. Laura enjoyed a 21-year career in information technology managing software development projects for Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. She gained a broad range of experience across front and back office functions by streamlining business processes through technology with expertise in customer relationship management solutions and building consensus amongst stakeholders.
Laura comes to The Alliance from the nonprofit, Bay Area Women’s Sport Initiative (BAWSI), having worked alongside founder, Marlene Bjornsrud, for more than 7 years as their Chief Operating Officer. She was responsible for implementing and executing the internal business processes and infrastructure allowing the organization to grow and fulfill its mission.
When Laura isn’t knee deep in a spreadsheet or rooting for her hometown Dodgers, you can find her playing keyboards in a local church band.
Director of Events & Communication
Ann Walker was named Director of Events and Communications for the Alliance of Women Coaches in August 2016. She brings over 25 years of experience at the NCAA Division I and II levels, NAIA, and community college in both coaching and athletic administration.
Walker’s most recent stint was at Clark College, a community college in Vancouver, WA, where she served as Director of Athletics since September 2014. Under Walker’s leadership, the Penguins achieved great success, including an NWAC Championship by the men’s basketball team (2014-15) along with five regional titles. The volleyball team finished runners-up (2015), and the top runner in the NWAC’s was on the men’s cross country team. In addition, 9 of 11 teams both years made post-season. Walker also was instrumental in facility improvement with the addition of a press box for the soccer field. She started the end-of-year All-Sports Banquet and revived the only Athletic department-run fundraising event (golf tournament) which raised a record amount in the first year back on the calendar.
Before moving to the Northwest, Walker spent six years (2006-12) as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Internal Ops/SWA at Nova Southeastern University (NCAA DII) in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In addition to her administrative duties, Walker served as the South Region Chair of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Committee until April, 2008 when she was named the National Chair, a position she held until the conclusion of the 2011 season. She also served on the DII South Region Tennis Committee, as well as other region and conference committees. Also during her time at NSU, Walker served for one season as the women’s basketball interim head coach for the 2010-11 season, when the Sharks were left without a coach right before the start of the season.
Walker landed at NSU from the Sunshine State Conference, where she served as the Assistant Commissioner/SWA for one year (2005-06). Prior to that, she was at Minnesota State University in Mankato (NCAA DII) for seven years. While at MSU (1998-2005), Walker was the head women’s basketball coach the first six years and served her final year as Assistant Athletic Director of Fundraising.
Before joining the staff at Minnesota State, Walker served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at NCAA DI Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for three seasons (1995-98). Her experience also includes four years at Teikyo Marycrest University in Davenport, Iowa, where she served as Assistant Athletic Director, head women’s basketball coach and head softball coach from 1989-1993.
An active member of NACWAA (National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators) since 2005, she was named the NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year in 2012.
Walker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Northwestern College of Orange City, Iowa (’87) and a Master of Arts degree in sport psychology from the University of Iowa (’95). She currently resides in Vancouver, WA with her partner, Lisa.
Director of Strategic Relationships
Prior to joining the Alliance in January 2017, Hannah Krieger served as executive director of Sportswomen of Colorado, a nonprofit focused on celebrating and empowering girls and women in sport in the state of Colorado, since July 2014. Krieger was instrumental in significantly growing sales and sponsorship revenue and elevating their Annual Awards Celebration.
Previously she spent three years with the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, overseeing their Soccer for Success program for under-resourced communities in the Denver and Aurora areas, and managed over 3,000 youth soccer players and 350+ coaches and volunteers in their U4-U10 programs. Hannah has coached competitive and recreational soccer for over fifteen years and holds a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) B license, a U.S. National Youth License and a NSCAA Urban Soccer Diploma.
From 2008-2016, Krieger was also an editor and account manager with SoccerWire.com, a soccer news website that specializes in elite youth soccer.
She earned her B.A. from Smith College, a Master’s in Sport Leadership from VCU, and was a Fulbright scholar in Germany. Hannah currently resides in Arvada, Colorado with her husband, son and dog.