PersonalJENNIFER MARIE RUIZ-WILLIAMS BROWN
Birth Date: August 9, 1983
Birth Place: Anaheim California USA
National Team: Mexico
Club Team: Seattle Reign FC
BiographyAfter graduating from UNLV with a degree in Communications, Ruiz married her college sweetheart and fellow UNLV athlete Kevin Williams who swam for the Rebels and captained the 2003/2004 squad. Together they have two children, Paige and Levi. During her hiatus from soccer, Ruiz spent two years teaching in the inner city of Los Angeles, CA with Teach for America (AmeriCorp) and earned an MA in Education. She also spent time as a Christian missionary with her husband in the interior of Brazil, where her son Levi was born. Outside of playing soccer, Ruiz is also well known as an outstanding energetic youth soccer coach. Most recently she coached with the Palo Alto Soccer Club and was also a guest coach with the Julie Foudy Leadership Academy.
Club Soccer (Youth)
2000: U-16 National Champion (So Cal Blues Soccer Club)
2001: U-17 National Champion Runner-Up (So Cal Blues Soccer Club)
1997-2001: Corona High School (CA), Citrus Belt 2001 Athlete of the Year, Mountain View All-League, 4-year Team MVP
2001-2005: Univeristy of Nevada Las Vegas, Soccer Buzz All Region, All Mountain West Conference 1st Team, All Mountain West Conference Tournament 1st Team, helped build a denfense that by her senior year only allowed 15 goals all season (0.76 goals against ave.) and helped the school earn their first ever birth to the NCAA Championship.
In 2003, Ruiz earned her 1st international cap with the full Mexican National Team at the age 19. Ruiz earned the start, but tore her ACL in the first half. After surgery and rehab, Ruiz earned her way back on to the Mexican National Team. She went on to win the bronze medal with Mexico at the 2003 Pan American Games and was a part of the team that qualified for the the 2004 Athens Olympics. Shortly after qualifying for the Olympics, Ruiz stepped away from the game of soccer for personal reasons.
In 2011, Ruiz made her come back with the Mexican National Team, and after 7 years of not playing soccer and 2 kids, she earned a spot on the team for the Gaudalajara Pan American Games. Ruiz started all four games for Mexico in the 2011 Pan American Games and netted the bronze medal winning goal in extra time against Colombia. As of March 2013, Ruiz has 24 international caps and 3 goals.
2011-2012: Bay Area Breeze
2011: Ruiz officially made her come back to soccer with the Bay Area Breeze. She signed with them for the last game of the season and for the post season. That year the Breeze were the WPSL Pacific North Division Champions
2012: Ruiz captained and started all 10 regular season games and all 4 post-season games of the team’s European tour. Ruiz scored four goals on the season, one of which came against Liverpool LFC where she also assisted on another as the Breeze beat Liverpool 2-0. Contrasting with her defensive position with Mexico, Ruiz primarily played an attacking mid-field position with the Breeze.
2013: Seattle Reign FC
Through the NWSL player allocation process, Ruiz was allocated to the Seattle Reign FC.
Jenny is passionate about encouraging young women and youth to accomplish their dreams.
She is interested in working at camps/clinics in urban neighborhoods, either domestically and internationally, in order to provide lower income communities an opportunity to receive quality coaching while not only developing as players, but as human beings.
Jenny has been involved with the following programs and charitable causes:
- Teach for America
- Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy
- Positive Coaching Alliance
- Ravenswood Youth Soccer Club
- Palo Alto Soccer Club
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