Coach Tanaka holds the highest coaching licenses in the United States, the US Soccer Federation National "A" License, The NSCAA "Premier" Diploma and the USSF National Youth License. She has coached at the youth, club, high school and community college level to great success in Southern California and winning Championships at the Club, High School, Community College, and ODP levels over her 25+ years of coaching.
Jennifer was appointed to the 14 person US Soccer Federation (USSF) National Technical Committee for Player Development in 2001 and served through 2004. This committee was made up of the US Youth National Team coaches, then current US Men’s National Team Head Coach (Bruce Arena), then current Women’s National Team Head Coach (April Heinrichs), MLS and former WUSA players/coaches.
She has trained and coached dozens of players who have gone onto play at major University Soccer programs across the nation. In addition she has coached CIF-SS Players of the Year, NSCAA high school All Americans, collegiate All Americans, WUSA and WPS All Stars, WPS Rookie of the Year, and players who have played professionally overseas and players who have played for the US National Teams in Olympic and World Cup competition. In her first seven years at Rio Hondo 54 players have been recognized as All-Foothill Conference athletes, four have been named the Foothill Conference MVP by the Conference coaches, one NSCAA Scholar-All-American and three players have been the Rio Hondo Female Athlete of the year. In those seven years 90% of Rio Hondo Sophomores have transferred to universities or accepted into a professional program such as a nursing RN program. Many of these players are receiving athletic or academic scholarships and continuing their soccer careers.
Jennifer has been a staff and age group head coach for the Region IV –ODP/Olympic Development Program (representing the 14 western states) program, working there since 2003 and previous to that coached for Cal South's ODP program for many years. At the club level she has coached for the Irvine Strikers, So Cal Infinity, NHB FC and the San Diego Surf.
She coached high school for 5 years at Chadwick School winning 2 CIF-SS Girl's Soccer Championships, 3 Prep League Championships and was named the CIF-SS Coach of the Year twice in 2004 and 2005. Her overall record during this 5 year span was 82-13-15 with an impressive 56 shutouts and 320 goals scored.
As an Assistant Coach at Long Beach City College in 2004 and 2005 she helped the team to the 2005 State Women’s Soccer Championship and the NSCAA Junior College #1 National ranking.
In 2003 Jennifer received the US Soccer Federation-April Heinrichs/NIKE Coaching Award for her contributions and education in girl’s soccer.
She is a strong believer in the benefits of higher education and holds two graduate degrees and continues to search out higher education opportunities. Jennifer completed the 200 hour registered yoga teacher (RYT200) program as a certified instructor from Yoga Alliance in 2006. She earned her first Masters of Arts in Business Leadership from Chapman University and completed the second graduate degree, a Masters of Science in Physical Education in 2006.
She played for the So Cal Futsal Academy in the Women’s’ Pro/Am Division of the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 United States Futsal National Championships’ where the team won four consecutive US Futsal Federation National Championships. As a senior in high school she chose to bypass her last year of playing high school soccer in order to play for the then #1 ranked women’s team in the nation, AJAX of Palos Verdes, CA. As a Freshman at UC Irvine, Jennifer set the school record for single season assists and is still a top record holder in career assists. She graduated from the University of California at Irvine (1995) in 3 ½ years while playing Division 1 soccer.