Ciara grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and went to college at Yale University, and played a fifth year of eligibility and went to grad school at UCONN. From there she went on to play pro in Denmark for Fortuna Hjorring, where in 2003, she was the first North American to medal in the Champions League (along with her American teammate Stacey Peterson), with a silver. She went on to represent Ireland at the international level, played three years in the Norwegian Toppserien and spent time training in Australia and South America. She has three master’s degrees focusing her academic interests on women’s soccer, runs girlsCAN Football (camps and clinics run by pro female players), and started a college showcase in her hometown. She recently began winding down her playing career and is a volunteer assistant coach at Yale University.