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Amy Gutierrez, aka Amy G., is a Bay Area native who has worked in various aspects of the broadcasting industry for more than two decades. She is currently in her 11th season as the San Francisco Giants’ in-game reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area and KNTV. During her tenure with the Giants, Amy has earned six television Emmy awards and three World Series rings. Amy also hosts “G-Mag”, a San Francisco Giants-themed magazine show on NBC Sports Bay Area, and serves as a contributing reporter for Giants Pre and Post Game Live.
Amy has become well known in the Bay Area covering a variety of teams including the Oakland A's, San Jose Sharks, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, PAC-12 and WCC football and basketball, as well as the San Jose SaberCats.
She is the author of Smarty Marty’s Got Game, a best-selling children’s picture book that teaches kids to love the game by learning to keep score, and Smarty Marty’s Official Game Day Scorebook, a companion scorebook for baseball fans of all ages. Amy’s first pre-teen chapter book, Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game, was released in 2018.
A Communications major and graduate of UC Davis, Amy boasts a participatory sports resume that includes softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer. She’s proud to call Petaluma, California her hometown where she currently resides with her husband and two children.
Born and raised, in Stockton, CA, Nicole Davis started playing indoor volleyball at the age of 14. She was recruited to the University of Southern California as a walk-on athlete and earned a full-ride scholarship. After being part of back-to-back NCAA Championships teams in 2003 and 2004, Davis left USC early to join the USA National Team. She spent 11 years on the USA National Team.
Career highlights include World Grand Prix Championships in 2010, 2011 & 2012, as well as World Championships Gold in 2014; all of which were historic accomplishments for the team. Other international highlights include podium finishes at the World Cup in 2007 and 2011, earning Olympic berths with both efforts. With two silver medals at the 2008 & 2012 Olympic Games, Davis retired in 2015. Nicole was also fortunate to have played professionally in 8 different countries in Europe & Asia during her career.
Shortly after retiring, Davis partnered up with Compete to Create, a company co-founded by Coach Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks), and high performance psychologist, Dr. Michael Gervais. Through the U.S.A. National Team’s collaboration with Dr. Gervais, she has first-hand experience with applying performance psychology to her craft. After the 2012 Olympic Games, the USA National Team re-developed itself anchoring to the science of elite performance, with a major focus on shifting the team’s culture toward a relationship-based, developmentally minded organization. Cultural change was a critical component of the team winning its first World Championship title in history in 2014. Davis is one of Compete to Create’s mindset coaches for Fortune 100 partners looking to implement culture building and high performance experiences. She is also a mindset coach in their online course, “Finding Your Best.”
Nicole is passionate about sharing her life’s work with others. She sees things through the lens of possibility and has a clear understanding of what gets in the way of truly pursuing one’s best. She approaches all her pursuits and relationships with that same type of curiosity for what’s possible. Nicole finds purpose through the idea of creating a ripple effect: that through shared experience with others, knowledge and insights will be paid forward and thus create a lasting effect, impacting their immediate communities, and potentially the broader world around us.
As she looks to take a deeper dive into the science and research behind human performance, Nicole is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. She also see's private clients for mindset coaching, in-and-around Los Angeles, CA, where she resides.
Sky Dickinson is an Angeleno singer/songwriter and media professional with nearly a decade of experience in working with athletes. Sky has focused her career on the stories and people shaping culture through sports. She is currently working with LeBron James and Maverick Carter's athlete empowerment brand, UNINTERRUPTED, home of #MoreThanAnAthlete. Sky is passionate about creation and storytelling in pursuit of inclusion and equal representation, championing women to live fearlessly and empowering meaningful connections.
A former U.S. National Team player and one of the nation's most respected assistants, Denise Corlett spent 31 years on The Farm as an interim head coach, an associate head coach and an assistant coach. In 2019, she completed her 24th year in the associate head coach role of the indoor team and 31st overall on staff. She is a two-time AVCA National Assistant Coach of the Year, most recently receiving the honor in 2012.
The Cardinal was 875-146 (.857) during her association with the program, having won an unprecedented nine NCAA Championships and 18 Pac-12 Championships (formerly Pac-10). The Cardinal twice won three NCAA titles in a four-year span during her tenure (1994,1996-97 and 2016, 2018-19). The conference titles included six in a row between 1994 and 1999, and more recently, 10 out of the past 14 years. At Stanford, she coached in 14 national championship matches, helped lead the team to 17 Final Fours and guided 38 players to 93 AVCA All-America awards.
Following the Cardinal's national title victory in 1996, Corlett was promoted to associate head coach. Corlett also made a name for herself at the national level. She spent the summer of 1993 serving as an assistant coach for the silver medalist U.S. National Team at the World University Games in Buffalo, New York, which included former Stanford All-American Cary Wendell. Corlett also spent time with the 1997 World University Games squad, which featured Stanford products Eileen Murfee and Lisa Sharpley.
Corlett was tabbed as an assistant coach for the 2003 Pan American Games team, which claimed the bronze medal with help from former Stanford All-Americans Ogonna Nnamani and Cynthia Barboza. Additionally, she was an assistant coach for the USA A2 Team that went to Montreux, Switzerland in 2005, was the head of delegation for the Junior World Championship Team in 2007 and served again as the head of delegation for the Junior NORCECA Team in 2008. In June 2008, she was the head of delegation for Team USA at the Pan Am Cup in Mexicali, Mexico, a squad which included former standouts Barboza, Alix Klineman and Kristin Richards.
During the summer of 2009, she served as the head of delegation for the Junior National Team at the World Championships in Mexico. In 2013, she was a team manager for the U.S. Junior National Team, which featured Jordan Burgess, Kelsey Humphreys and Merete Lutz in the Czech Republic.
Prior to coming to The Farm, Corlett served as an assistant at San Jose State during the 1987 and 1988 seasons. During that time, the Spartans went 42-24 and reached the NCAA Tournament twice. Before her tenure at San Jose State, Corlett spent five years assisting at UCLA, her alma mater. Corlett served as a graduate assistant for two years and a volunteer assistant for three seasons, helping the Bruins to the 1985 Final Four. She also spent time as the business manager for the U.S. Women's National Team.
From 1990-96, Corlett founded and coached the Griffin Volleyball Club and immediately established it as one of the nation's top programs. Her 1994 18-and-under team took third place at the Junior Olympics and featured future Stanford great Lisa Sharpley, as well as several other top collegiate players. In recognition, USA Volleyball named Corlett the Outstanding Female Junior Olympic Coach for 1994. Corlett also helped start Vision Volleyball Club and Club Yahoo.
Corlett received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from UCLA in 1981. At UCLA, Corlett played three varsity sports and was named the All-University Athlete of the Year in 1979. She was the national badminton champion in 1977 and won the Broderick Award in that sport. She was a three-time All-American in volleyball and played on the Bruins' national championship women's basketball team. She led her USVBA team to national championships in both 1978 and 1979, played for the USA in the 1979 University Games in Mexico City and played for the U.S. National Team in 1982 and 1983. In 1997, she was selected as one of the top 25 players in UCLA women's volleyball history and, in 1999, was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame for volleyball, basketball and badminton. Her class included track and field great Gail Devers and football quarterback Troy Aikman. In 2005, Corlett was named to the Cal-Hi Sports Top 100 Female Athletes list.
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Alyssa Nakken (pronounced nack-in) embarks on her first season as an Assistant Coach on Gabe Kapler's staff in 2020.
She began her career with the Giants in 2014 as a baseball operations intern for the 2014 World Series Champions. She assisted with the Mission Rock Development initiative in 2015 before transitioning to Giants Enterprises where she played an active role in the event logistics, planning, production, marketing, content creation & business development of the health & wellness initiatives of the San Francisco Giants. She also serves as chairwoman of the Giants first Employee Resource Group, the San Francisco Giants' Women's Network "Momentum," whose vision is to foster a company culture of genuine appreciation for and commitment to the empowerment of women. Prior to joining the Giants, Nakken served as the Chief Information Officer for the University of San Francisco baseball team.
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Nakken played first base for the Sacramento State Hornets from 2009-2012. A three-time all-conference selection, four-time Academic All American, four-time Commissioner's Honor Roll member and the 2012 conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Nakken started 184 games for the Hornets. A career.304 hitter, she ranks among the program's top six players in six different Div. 1 era categories, including home runs (19). Her 1,265 putouts are the most in school history, and she also ranks third with 115 runs scored. She earned her Master's Degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco in 2015.
A coaching career spanning 30 years, Wendy Kridel has held many roles in the lacrosse world. A member of the Baltimore Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, she is a life-long teacher, coach, and mentor. She prides herself in not the number of her athletes who go on
to play lacrosse in college, but on those who get involved in coaching and other great ways to give back to the game.
Previous to moving to California from Maryland, she was a highly successful Director of Athletics and lacrosse coach at the Bryn Mawr School, the birth site of Women’s Lacrosse in the US in 1926. In addition, Wendy won 3 gold medals as the head coach of U.S. Under-19 lacrosse team in 1999, 2003, and 2007, and served as an assistant coach in 1995 and 2015. She is a US Lacrosse Certified Educator and has also coached multiple teams for the Under Armor All-Americans. She held the role of Senior Vice President of Operations for LEMO from 2017-2019.
Currently, Wendy is the Director of Women’s Lacrosse and the Dean of Students and Community Life 4-6th grades at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. Additionally she is the Director of Coaching for the Coyotes Lacrosse Club and the Head Coach for the Steps California 2023’s.
Lindsay Kagawa Colas joined Wasserman in 2009 and is currently Executive Vice President, Talent and The Collective. With a focus on representing cultural conversation influencers, Colas oversees the careers of many influential Olympic medalists, including WNBA players Diana Taurasi, Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird, Brittney Griner, and Maya Moore, swimmer Simone Manuel, beach volleyball players April Ross and Alix Klineman, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and Paralympic Track & Field athlete, Scout Bassett. Colas is widely considered to be the most dominant agent ever in the WNBA, representing the last five 1st Overall WNBA Draft Picks, the starting five on the 2016 Olympic team, half the 2018 WNBA All-Star team and eight of the last nine WNBA MVPs. A pioneer in the field of athlete representation, she is the first agent to ever negotiate an Inclusion Rider for an athlete and Maternity protection language into a major shoe and apparel deal.
Prior to Wasserman, Colas worked for BDA Sports Management, helping to manage premier NBA talent and founded both the Women's Elite Division and the agency's charitable giving arm, BDAgiving.
Colas received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Master of Arts in Sociology from Stanford where she was an All-District 8 region performer and two-year captain of the women's volleyball team, which during her tenure, appeared in two National Championship matches and won an NCAA title in 1997. She was a Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award winner in 2018 and lives in Portland, OR with her husband and 3 year old son.