ECNL Selects 2017 H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Recipients

  • February 13, 2017

RICHMOND, VA (February 13, 2016) – As part of the Amazing Young WomenTM campaign, the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) has announced the 2017 recipients of the H.E.R. Coaching Scholarships (Health & Education Resources).  Twelve 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 placed on today’s coaches are continuously changing. The ECNL is committed to Raise the Game at the coaching level, with a primary focus on support for female coaches to provide additional opportunities to learn and improve their craft,” said Jen Winnagle, ECNL Commissioner. “By supporting the growth and education of women coaches specifically, we hope to continue to increase the number of former female players that transition to coaching in youth soccer when their playing careers are complete.”

Of the 12 recipients, one is a current ECNL player, eight are ECNL Alumni, two are ECNL Alumni currently on staff with an ECNL Member Club and one is a current coach at an ECNL Member Club. The winners are:

Name ECNL Affiliation
Shannon Rhodes Match Fit Academy *
Sammy Jo Prudhomme So Cal Blues *
Avery Calton Walker Utah Avalanche *
Diandra Aliaga Challenge SC *
Paula Jurewicz Continental FC * FC Bucks ^
Ayanna Parker Ohio Elite SA *
Keeley Leising Ohio Premier *
Holly Hein Michigan Hawks ^
Monica Gonyo FC Wisconsin Eclipse *^
Allyson White Pleasanton Rage *
Maggie Everett Internationals SC *
Taylor Carter Maryland United +

*  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 2017.

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

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