Ottawa Fury FC’s Sherman becomes Canada’s third female A Licence coach
Posted on 6 September 2018 in Coaching
Linda Whitehead. Sylvie Beliveau. Audra Sherman.
Audra Sherman, who leads Ottawa Fury FC’s women’s program, has become the third female certified Canada Soccer A Licence coach after completing the required workshops and assessments. The former NCAA player has coached with the Fury FC since 2012 and has also held coaching roles in the Ontario Soccer provincial program as well as the Carleton Ravens Women’s Soccer program.
“Being in an environment with so many accomplished pro athletes and pro coaches and listening to the different methodologies is pretty unique,” Sherman said of her A Licence experience. “The most rewarding thing (in coaching) is seeing that you can be part of somebody’s life, help change their life, create opportunities and be part of opening doors and experiences for them.”
A Montreal native, Sherman developed as a player in Quebec before heading south to play with NCAA Division 1 programs at Clemson and Hoftstra. Subsequently, she earned time playing in the USL W-League and began coaching with a Division II university before focusing full-time on coaching in 2011.
On the need to continue to diversify the coach education landscape in Canada, Canada Soccer Director of Development Jason deVos sees this as one small step. “It’s important that we find ways to incentivize more female coaches to get their qualifications,” deVos said. “We have to create environments that are accessible and inclusive.”
Canada Soccer’s Coach Education Pathway is implemented in partnership with its Provincial and Territorial Member Associations. The pathway includes a Community Coaching stream and a Licensing Stream which culminates with the Canada Soccer A Licence. In addition, for the first time in 2018, Canada Soccer unveiled its Children’s Licence, specifically aimed at coaches working with youth players in high performance environments.