D.C. Divas

The D.C. Divas are a football team in the Women's Football Alliance. Based in the Washington Metropolitan Area, the Divas play their home games at The St. James Sports Complex in Springfield VA. Formerly, the Divas played at Eastern High School in Washington DC; Largo High School in Largo MD; the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover (where the NFL's Washington Redskins' home stadium FedExField is located), and at Lee High School in Springfield VA.

D.C. Divas
LeagueNWFA (2001-2006)
IWFL (2007-2010)
WFA (2011-present)
Team historyD.C. Divas (2001-present)
Based inSpringfield, Virginia
StadiumThe St. James Sports Complex
ColorsBurgundy, gold, white
OwnerRich Daniel
Head coachGreg Gaskins
Championships3 (2006 NWFA, 2015 WFA, 2016 WFA)
Division titles13 (NWFA: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
(IWFL: 2007, 2009, 2010)
(WFA: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)



The Divas were formed in 2000 as one of the ten charter franchises of the National Women's Football Association. The Divas were the first women's football team in the nation's capital and were coached by Ezra Cooper. The Divas' first win came on May 13, 2001, with a 10-6 victory at home over the Connecticut Crush. The Divas finished their inaugural season with a 3-4 record, the team's only losing season to date.


The Divas were purchased by Lee Fahringer and Kelly George before their second season. The Divas finished the 2002 season with a 5-3 record, the first of six consecutive winning seasons for the team. A chance at the Divas' first playoff berth came down their final game of the year, but the Divas fell short of the Baltimore Burn in their season finale, 6-0.


The 2003 season is considered by many to be the birth of the Divas' dynasty. Finishing the regular-season 7-1, the team clinched their first of five consecutive playoff berths and division titles. After defeating the Connecticut Crush in their first ever playoff game, the Divas fell to the Philadelphia Phoenix in the conference semifinals. The Divas' Donna Wilkinson became the first running back in women's football history to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a single season, totaling 1,267 rushing yards in 2003. That year, the Divas were featured on CBS Evening News.[1]


Winning their second consecutive division title by finishing 8-0, the Divas clinched home-field advantage throughout the Northern Conference playoffs. After defeating the Southwest Michigan Jaguars in the conference semifinals, the Divas lost to the eventual NWFA champions, the Detroit Demolition, in the Northern Conference championship game, 20-14.

Following the season, the Divas played in a charity game against a men's team assembled by The Sports Junkies, who host a local syndicated sports radio show. Although the Divas lost, 28-6, the contest set a new record for the highest attendance at a women's football game, as 8,200 fans came to the event. Later that offseason, the Divas had a second ownership change when Paul Hamlin, father of Divas' quarterback Allyson Hamlin, bought the team.


For the second consecutive season, the Divas finished the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record. For the second straight year, however, they were handed their first defeat of the season in the Northern Conference championship game by eventual NWFA champion Detroit.

After that season, the Divas moved from Eastern High School in Washington, D.C. to the new Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in nearby Landover, Maryland, and a new uniform design was also unveiled. These changes set the stage for the biggest moment in the franchise's history.


As was the case the past two seasons, the Divas finished 2006 with a perfect 8-0 regular season record and advanced to the conference championship game. Unlike '04 and '05, however, the Divas won the conference championship, defeating the Columbus Comets and advancing their first ever league championship game. The Divas traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Oklahoma City Lightning for the 2006 NWFA national championship. The Divas capped an 11-0 season with a 28-7 victory over the Lightning for the team's first ever league championship. Running back Rachelle Pecovsky and linebacker Ivy Tillman received the game's MVP honors on offense and defense, respectively.


Before the 2007 season, the Divas left the NWFA to join the Independent Women's Football League. The Divas were just as successful in this new league, however, finishing with an 8-0 regular season record for the fourth straight year and capturing the Mid-Atlantic Division title. However, their playoff run ended abruptly when the Divas lost in the conference semifinal round to the eventual Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Xplosion.


2008 was a disappointing year for the Divas. The season began with a loss to the Boston Militia, 27-22, which snapped the Divas' 32-game regular season winning streak. That was a sign of things to come, as the Divas lost four games in 2008, each by six points or less. They finished the year with a 4-4 record, their worst since 2001. Because of that record, the Divas failed to win their division and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002.


Rebounding from the 2008 season, the Divas returned to their winning ways in 2009. The Divas compiled a perfect 8-0 regular season record for the fifth time and claimed the Mid-Atlantic division title. The Divas had home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but because of a scheduling conflict at their home field, they had to travel to Boston to play the Militia in the 2009 IWFL Eastern Conference championship game. In a thrilling game, the Divas defeated the Militia, 27-21, giving the franchise just their second conference championship (and their first in the IWFL). On July 25, the Divas went to Round Rock, Texas, a suburb of Austin, to play for the 2009 IWFL World Championship. The Western Conference champion Kansas City Tribe pulled a 21-18 upset and handed the Divas their first loss of the season, taking home the IWFL championship in the process.


2010 was another successful season for the Divas. Despite finishing the regular season at 5-3 (two games behind the 7-1 Atlanta Xplosion), a stronger overall schedule gave the Divas the division crown, their seventh in team history. The Divas then justified their place in the division in the conference semifinals, defeating the Xplosion, 35-7, and getting some revenge for the playoff loss in 2007. However, it was the Militia who got revenge in the 2010 Eastern Conference championship game, avenging the previous season's defeat by eliminating the Divas; the Militia went on to win the 2010 IWFL national championship.

That season, the Divas were featured on CNN as part of a team profile.[2] Also that season, former Diva wide receiver Natalie Randolph made national headlines as one of the first female head coaches of a high school football team.


Along with many of their archrivals, the D.C. Divas moved from the IWFL to the Women's Football Alliance for the 2011 season. In their first year in the new league, the Divas didn't slow down, easily winning the Northeast Division with a 7-1 record. However, for the second year in a row, the eventual league champion Boston Militia ended the Divas' season by knocking them out of the playoffs.

After the season, the Divas made a change, hiring Alison Fischer as their new head coach. Fischer played on the Divas' first team in 2001 and became one of the few female head coaches in women's pro football.


In a situation similar to 2010, the Divas, with a 5-3 record, claimed a division title over 7-1 Pittsburgh thanks to a stronger strength of schedule. Once again, the Divas proved that was the correct decision by defeating Pittsburgh in the playoffs and advancing to the conference semifinals.

For the fourth straight year, the Divas clashed with the Boston Militia in the playoffs, and for the third straight time, the Militia came out on top, this time by a 55-34 score. But this time emotions spilled over, and the game ended in a bench-clearing brawl which attracted negative media attention and resulted in several suspensions by the league against Divas players.


For the third time in four seasons, the Divas finished the regular season with a 5-3 record. The Divas also won their tenth division title, which tied the record for the most division championships all-time in women's football by a single franchise. The D.C. Divas advanced to the conference semifinals, where they were eliminated for the fourth consecutive season by the Boston Militia.


The D.C. Divas began their 14th season of play on April 5, 2014.


The D.C. Divas were undefeated in the regular season, post-season, and beat the Dallas Elite for the national championship. Quarterback Allyson Hamlin threw her 200th touchdown and crossed the 13,000 yards passing mark for her career.


SeasonWLTFinishPlayoff results
D.C. Divas (NWFA)
20013403rd Northern--
20026302nd Mid-Atlantic--
20037101st Northern Mid-AtlanticWon Eastern Conference Quarterfinal (Connecticut)
Lost Eastern Conference Semifinal (Philadelphia)
20048001st Northern Mid-AtlanticWon Northern Conference Semifinal (SW Michigan)
Lost Northern Conference Championship (Detroit)
20058001st Northern Mid-AtlanticWon Northern Conference Semifinal (Massachusetts)
Lost Northern Conference Championship (Detroit)
20068001st Eastern Mid-AtlanticWon Eastern Conference Semifinal (Chattanooga)
Won Eastern Conference Championship (Columbus)
Won NWFA National Championship (Oklahoma City)
D.C. Divas (IWFL)
20078001st Eastern Mid-AtlanticLost Eastern Conference Semifinal (Atlanta)
20084404th Tier I Eastern North Atlantic--
20098001st Tier I Easernt Mid-AtlanticWon Eastern Conference Semifinal (Pittsburgh)
Won Eastern Conference Championship (Boston)
Lost IWFL Tier I World Championship (Kansas City)
20105301st Tier I East SoutheastWon Southeast Division Championship (Atlanta)
Lost Eastern Conference Championship (Boston)
D.C. Divas (WFA)
20117101st National NortheastLost National Conference Quarterfinal (Boston)
20125301st National Mid-AtlanticWon National Conference Quarterfinal (Pittsburgh)
Lost National Conference Semifinal (Boston)
20135301st National Mid-AtlanticWon National Conference Quarterfinal (Columbus)
Lost National Conference Semifinal (Boston)
20145401st National Mid-AtlanticWon National Conference Quarterfinal (Columbus)
Lost National Conference Semifinal (Boston)
201512001st National Mid-AtlanticWon National Conference Quarterfinal (Miami)
Won National Conference Semifinal (Atlanta)
Won National Conference Championship (Chicago)
Won WFA National Championship (Dallas)
201610101st NationalWon National Conference Semifinal (Pittsburgh)
Won National Conference Championship (Boston)
Won WFA National Championship (Dallas)
Totals120360 (including playoffs)

[3] [4]

2015 roster

D.C. Divas alphabetical roster
  • 80 Desiree Abrams (DL)
  • 21 Kendra Bates (DB)
  • 53 Missy Bedwell (OL)
  • 59 Ariana Bembry (DL)
  • 34 Ashley Branch (OL)
  • 17 Callie Brownson (DB)
  • 25 Lillian Cherry (WR)
  • 68 Lauren Chesley (OL)
  • 26 Stephanie Critzos (WR)
  • 16 Genaya Davis (DB)
  • 45 Helen Deer (LB)
  • 77 Latriece Elcock (DL)
  • 91 Sylvia Espinoza (LB)
  • 63 Jenna Essenmacher (P/K)
  • 87 Quiana Ford (DB)
  • 83 Shaquanda Gainey (DB)
  • 23 Natalie Gaston (LB)
  • 51 DeVon Goldsmith (DL)
  • 76 Jennifer Gray (OL)
  • 30 Nikia Green (LB)
  • 29 Kenyetta Grigsby (RB)
  • 64 Emily Grossman (OL)
  • 19 Allyson Hamlin (QB)
  • 67 Asia Hardy (OL)
  • 46 Kasee Hillard (WR)
  • 35 Alicia Hopkins (LB)
  • 70 Ellen Howard (OL)
  • 60 Rachel Huhn (OL)
  • 14 Eleni Kotsis (DB)
  • 69 Trecia Lewis (OL)
  • 48 Kamil Maclin (LB)
  •  3 Cherre Marshall (LB)
  • 41 Jenne Massie (FB)
  • 58 Trigger McNair (LB)
  • 82 Melissa Mitchell (WR)
  • 10 Safi Mojidi (LB)
  • 92 Kianna Murphy (TE)
  • 89 Stephanie Nealis (P/K)
  • 15 Xuan Nguyen (LB)
  • 20 Tytti Niemi (RB)
  •  7 Okiima Pickett (RB)
  • 66 Adele Roberts-White (OL)
  •  5 Kira Robinson (LB)
  • 52 Brittany Rock (DL)
  • 62 Ashley Rozendaal (OL)
  • 99 Devoralyn Savage (DL)
  •  4 D’Ajah Scott (DB)
  • 32 Natalie Silk (DL)
  • 50 Whitney Simms (LB)
  • 27 Christina Smith (DL)
  • 11 Paris Smith (LB)
  • 39 Tasha Smith (TE)
  • 22 Lindsay Sollers (DB)
  • 37 Crystal St. Martin (WR)
  •  6 Francesca Stabel (FB)
  • 40 Jimmien Strong (DL)
  • 36 Sacoyia Todd (DB)
  • 89 Christina Tu (DB)
  • 28 Ayrica Walker (WR)
  • 93 Denee Walker (DL)
  • 86 Melissa Washington (TE)
  • 44 Tia Watkins (LB)
  • 12 Ashley Whisonant (WR)
  • 65 Shannon Whitehead (OL)
  • 33 Donna Wilkinson (LB)
  • 54 Ariella Williams (OL)
  • 81 Erica Williams (RB)
  • 85 Kentrina Wilson (WR)
  • 13 Eris Woodard (RB)
  • 74 Becky Worsham (OL)
  • 69 Players
  • Roster updated August 16, 2015

Season schedules and standings


Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 11 Baltimore Nighthawks Away Won 33-0
April 25 Detroit Demolition Away Won 35-0
May 2 Pittsburgh Passion Home Won 27-7
May 16 New York Sharks Away Won 21-7
May 23 Baltimore Nighthawks Home Won 70-14
May 30 Philadelphia Firebirds Away Won 42-0
June 6 New York Sharks Home Won 34-18
June 13 Philadelphia Firebirds Home Won 63-0
June 27 Pittsburgh Passion (Eastern Conference Semifinal) Home Won 27-17
July 11 Boston Militia (Eastern Conference Championship) Away Won 27-21
July 25 Kansas City Tribe (IWFL Tier I World Championship) Neutral (Round Rock) Lost 18-21


Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 10 Baltimore Nighthawks Home Won 54-6
April 17 New York Sharks Away Lost 13-19
April 24 Philadelphia Firebirds Away Won 1-0**
May 1 Boston Militia Home Lost 35-42
May 8 Baltimore Nighthawks Away Won 28-7
May 22 New York Nemesis Home Won 49-21
May 29 Philadelphia Firebirds Home Won 49-3
June 5 Boston Militia Away Lost 36-52
June 12 Atlanta Xplosion (Southeast Division Championship) Home Won 35-7
July 10 Boston Militia (Eastern Conference Championship) Away Lost 0-28

** Won by forfeit as a result of the IWFL's season reduction for the Firebirds


2011 Northeast Division
y-D.C. Divas7100.875332694-0---W1
Keystone Assault3500.375921661-34.0W2
Philadelphia Liberty Belles2600.2501372191-35.0L4
Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 2 Boston Militia Home Won 35-20
April 9 Keystone Assault Home Won 55-6
April 16 Philadelphia Liberty Belles Home Won 20-0
April 30 Keystone Assault Away Won 49-0
May 7 Northeastern Nitro Home Won 77-0
May 21 Philadelphia Liberty Belles Away Won 42-0
June 11 Boston Militia Away Lost 16-27
June 18 New York Sharks Away Won 38-16
June 25 Boston Militia (National Conference Quarterfinal) Home Lost 24-37


2012 Division 3
Pittsburgh Passion7100.875407903-1---W3
D.C. Divas5300.6252891574-11L1
Columbus Comets2600.250781390-24W1
Date Opponent Home/Away Result
April 14 Pittsburgh Passion Home Lost 34-35
April 28 New York Sharks Home Won 41-12
May 5 Columbus Comets Home Won 49-0
May 12 New York Sharks Away Won 41-12
May 19 Boston Militia Away Lost 7-44
June 2 Pittsburgh Passion Away Won 43-28
June 9 Boston Militia Home Lost 25-32
June 16 Columbus Comets Away Won 42-0
June 30 Pittsburgh Passion (National Conference Quarterfinal) Home Won 45-30
July 7 Boston Militia (National Conference Semifinal) Away Lost 34-55


  1. D.C. Divas on CBS EVENING NEWS 2003 - YouTube
  2. CNN profiles the D.C. Divas - YouTube
  3. Rozendaal, Neal. The Women's Football Encyclopedia. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-9970637-0-7.
  4. Rozendaal, Neal. "The Women's Football Encyclopedia - 2016 Addendum" (PDF). nealrozendaal.com. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
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