ECNL Selects Second H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Recipients

ECNL_AYW_PRIMARY-BLACK #FuelYourFire-3(2)RICHMOND, VA (January 12, 2016) – As part of the Amazing Young WomenTM campaign, the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) has announced the 2016 recipients of the H.E.R. Coaching Scholarships (Health & Education Resources).  Six women from across the country were chosen from a deep pool of talented applicants to continue their coaching development and receive a scholarship from the ECNL to pursue a USSF “D” or “E” coaching license.

Launched in 2015, the H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Program was created by the ECNL specifically for ECNL Alumni and aspiring female coaches.  The program aims to encourage top current or former female players to enter the coaching profession, encourage continuing education within the profession, and continually raise the level of play in female youth soccer.

“The expectations for today’s coaches are constantly increasing, and in order to continue to Raise the Game, we need to support coaches and their desire to learn and improve their craft,” said Jen Woodie, ECNL Acting Commissioner.  “By supporting the growth and education of women’s club coaches specifically, we hope to continue to increase the number of former female players that transition to coaching in youth soccer when their careers are done.”

Of the six recipients, two are current ECNL players, three are ECNL Alumni currently on staff with an ECNL Member Club, and one is a current ECNL Member Club coach. The winners are:

Name ECNL Affiliation Hometown
Kelley Monogue Dalals Texans* McKinney, TX
Grace Young Richmond United+ Chesterfield, VA
Alexa Diaz Washington Premier* Seattle, WA
Emma Kershner FC Virginia+ Centreville, VA
Sammy Scofield Eclipse Select SC* Geneva, IL
Haley Miller Penn Fusion SA^ West Chester, PA

 ECNL Alumni
 Current staff/coach at ECNL Member Club
 Current ECNL player

An acronym for “Health & Education Resources,” H.E.R. is funded by the ECNL and is another platform in the Amazing Young WomenTM campaign created to encourage, support and provide opportunity for young female athletes.

To be eligible, H.E.R. scholarship applicants were required to be current or former ECNL players, current female coaches within ECNL Member Clubs, or females that aspire to coach or currently coach a women’s and/or girls’ team at the club or college level. Each winner will receive financial assistance to attend either the US Soccer Federation National Coaching School’s “D” license course or “E” license course in 2016.

“We want the cycle of giving back to continue in order to impact the next generation of players,” continued Jen Woodie, ECNL Acting Commissioner.  “We fully expect to see more of today’s players in the youth leagues as tomorrow’s H.E.R. recipients.”

To learn more about the first class of H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship winners, visit


About Amazing Young WomenTM:  The Amazing Young Women campaign is a dynamic platform of online and local market activations that showcase and celebrate female role models offering an aspirational focus for all female athletes and teens as they prepare to be our next generation of leaders.  The ECNL will showcase what it means to #FuelYourFire as exemplified by former and current ECNL players, and will call on all of the nation’s women to join the movement to celebrate the endless potential of today’s girls.

About Elite Clubs National League:  The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for college and youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.   |   Facebook:  /theECNL  |  Twitter: @theECNL

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