HER Coaching Scholarship Spotlight | Allyson White

RICHMOND, VA (September 27, 2017) – As part of the Amazing Young WomenTM campaign, the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) developed the H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Program to encourage top female players to enter the coaching profession, and to help the next generation of coaches and leaders continue to raise the bar in youth soccer.  The ECNL launched this program specifically for ECNL Alumni and aspiring female coaches.

Allyson White is one of twelve women to receive a H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship last spring, and is currently in her first season as an Assistant Coach at Fordham University.  She was a member of the Fordham University Women’s Soccer team from 2011 to 2015, playing her youth soccer career with Pleasanton Rage, a current ECNL Member Club.

“When my playing career came to an end, I decided that my next move would involve passing on my experiences to others.  I was drawn to coaching because it provides a platform to inspire and positively impact youth.” White said about her inspiration to move from the pitch to the sideline as a coach. “I want to help others reach their potential both on and off the field, going above and beyond the game.”

The ECNL caught up with White to learn more about the USSF “E” Coaching Course she completed over the summer, as well as her future aspirations.

Why did you become a soccer coach?

Soccer has been a huge part of my life. Phrases like “sorry, I can’t, I have soccer” and “I’m too tired to go out” were repeated constantly to my friends. Soccer has given me the chance to live a unique way of life that I would not change for the world. Soccer has given me the opportunity to be a part of something incredible. It has taken me places I never thought possible. My absolute best friends have come from the sport I fell in love with so long ago.  Coaching is the next logical step for me, providing a platform to pass on knowledge and share my experiences with the next generation of players.

What are your coaching aspirations and goals?

I would like to be a Division I Coach, once I gain more experience and come into my own as a coach. My coaching career is just beginning, and I look forward to expanding my knowledge and investing more into the game.  The commitment players show because it is a choice to play at this level is inspiring, and one of the main reasons I see myself pursuing a career at the collegiate level.

Describe the Coaching Course you took this past summer:

I took the USSF E coaching course, which focused on small-side activities with younger groups and how to cater to that particular age group of players. It was exciting to get to know other coaches and see how they executed the same activities differently.

What did you like about the course?

The most interesting part of this course was seeing the different exercises coaches presented. At times we, the students of the course, had the same theme in mind, the execution styles varied quite a bit.  I enjoyed learning from others and their techniques.

How has taking this course affected your coaching career/outlook?

This coaching course taught me a lot about the player and providing an environment for the player to best learn and perform.  This is definitely not as easy as it sounds, and I am up for the challenge.

Allyson, thank you for sharing your story and following your dreams. You are an Amazing Young Woman.  We look forward to following you as you continue along your coaching path, helping pave the way for future H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship recipients.

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About Amazing Young WomenTM:  Launched by the ECNL, the Amazing Young Women 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 is calling on all of the nation’s women to join the movement to celebrate the endless potential of today’s girls.

Women of all ages can share their personal moments of inspiration through social media and at www.AmazingYoungWomen.com.  Every share and submission helps drive a movement that celebrates the power of what it is to be a girl today.

Amazing Young Women of the ECNL will be showcased at AmazingYoungWomen.com. Through testimonials, tips and tools, the website is providing all girls to view, share, and celebrate what it is to be motivated, strong, and successful.

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 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.

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