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Jan, 2019

Rush WI Announces Emerging Coach Program

Rush Wisconsin announces its inaugural year of the Emerging Coach Program. 

Rush Wisconsin’s Emerging Coach Program is an identification program for Rush female senior athletes who show potential to coach soccer. 

Nominated athletes that participate in the 6-month program will receive; education through their sponsored registration to the annual Wisconsin Women’s Soccer Advisory Council (WWSAC) Symposium, mentorship from a staff coach, and leadership opportunities through coaching assignments.

Jessica Nash, Rush WI Director of Youth Coaching, proposed the program to help address a complex issue in youth sports. 

Nash commented, “It is estimated that less than 10% of coaches in youth sports are female, even though since Title IX there are more girls participating in sports at the highest levels than ever before.”

Nash continued, “There are a lot of causes for this, but one major factor is that it is hard to be what you don't see.  One way to combat this is to personally encourage female athletes to coach after their playing careers, mentor, and encourage coaching licensing early on, as many don't see it as an option.”

While the program was piloted this fall/winter, it will now be annually run over the course of 6 months starting with every fall season.

In August and September Rush Wisconsin will consult coaching staff to nominate and select 2 female senior athletes to participate in the Emerging Coach Program.  Athletes will be notified that they have been selected and sponsored by Rush Wisconsin to attend the annual WWSAC Symposium. 

After attending the WWSAC Symposium, athletes will be paired with a Rush WI staff coach for the winter indoor season. 

Athletes are encouraged to volunteer to attend as many trainings, camps, and games as they’d like, but must attend at least two games with the Rush WI staff coach as an assistant, and one game serving as the head coach. 

Following the indoor season, athletes will be encouraged to participate in continuing coaching education opportunities including the US Soccer Grassroots Coaching Course and given information on how to pursue coaching licensing. 

This year’s pilot program included senior athletes, Maura Kalmerton (committed to UW-Milwaukee) and Jess Lorenz (committed to UW-River Falls).  With the support from Technical Director, Ben John, Rush WI sponsored them to attend the WWSAC Symposium.

On attending the Symposium, Lorenz stated, “I loved attending the WWSAC Symposium. I got to learn about important coaching tactics and aspects about women in soccer, all while connecting with members of the soccer community. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity.”

Nash commented, “The Inaugural Symposium was a fantastic learning and networking experience for us all, and their excitement to see like-minded athletes, coaches and professionals in the field was palpable.  It sort of leads you to the ‘Now what?’ phase of reflection, and I thought we should continue this momentum at home.”

Kalmerton and Lorenz have been assisting Nash on the sideline this winter with the 08/09 Rush girls team.

On being on the sideline in a new role, Kalmerton commented, “I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to give back to the community that has shaped me into the soccer player I am today.”

Lorenz added, “Coaching indoor has been so much fun. I love interacting with the players, because they remind me so much of myself as a young athlete. It's also an interesting experience to see things from the coach's perspective. Being able to teach others what my coaches taught me is a really gratifying opportunity.” 

“It’s been really great for the younger players as well.” Nash added, “It allows the older girls to step into a leadership role and lets the younger girls witness them giving back to the sport in a different way beyond playing.”

As a council member of the Rush Female Coaches Alliance (RFCA), Nash presented this program at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago, IL this past month to Rush Directors and Staff from all over the nation, and again with RFCA council members through the Soccer Chat podcast at the Convention’s Podcast Row.

Nash stated, “This program is being shared on the National level through RFCA in hopes that other Rush clubs will like it, adapt it, and use it.  We had quite a few different Rush and non-Rush clubs come up to us excited about how this could be used at their home clubs, so we’re excited to see it take shape.”

Minnesota Rush and Connecticut Rush have voiced doing similar programming and are in process of sharing materials with RFCA to then share out to the larger Rush network.

On addressing the female coaching shortage, Nash replied, “This is a very small step, but I believe it’s manageable and realistic for every club, and I believe it’s a step in the right direction.”


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