H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Recipients Attend 2018 ECNL International Coaching Course in Portugal

Supporting the Next Generation of Female Coaches

RICHMOND, VA (December 10, 2018) – The Girls Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) awarded three female coaches scholarships to attend the 2018 ECNL International Coaching Course in Portugal. Congratulations to Sade Ayinde, Monica Gonyo and Shannon Rhodes!

The 2018 ECNL International Coaching Course is an incredible learning and development opportunity, including two different instructional segments, one led by S.L. Benfica staff and the second led by Raymond Verheijen of the World Football Academy. The course began on December 9 in Lisbon and continues through December 16.

The H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Program is designed to encourage and support more female players entering the coaching profession. This is the second year of the ECNL International Coaching Program, and the second year that H.E.R. Coaching Scholarships have been awarded to participants.

Sade Ayinde just finished her third season as an Assistant Coach for Stony Brook Women’s Soccer, and is also a coach with East Meadow SC. Ayinde played collegiately for the University of Maryland and currently holds her USSF “C” License.

Monica Gonyo is the Pre-ECNL and Goalkeeping Director for FC Wisconsin, where she also played and is an ECNL Alum. She played professionally in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) for the Chicago Red Stars for one season after a stellar career at Loyola University where she set several all-time records for the women’s soccer program.

Shannon Rhodes is a software engineer at ESPN. She is a Match Fit Academy ECNL Alum, and went on to Villanova University. She has earned her USSF “D” License, and coaches with FSA FC.

Follow the Girls ECNL on Twitter (@theecnl), Instagram (@theecnl) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/theecnl) all week long for a behind the scenes look, interviews and insight into the 2018 ECNL International Coaching Course.


About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls 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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