Fury FIT Program Manager Audra Sherman Becomes Canada's Third Female A-License Coach
OTTAWA - Ottawa Fury FC's FIT Program Manager Audra Sherman has received some exciting news: she has completed her required workshops and assessments and is now a fully certified Canada Soccer A License coach. She is now one of only three women in the country's history of the coaching licensing program, joining trailblazers Linda Whitehead and Sylvie Béliveau in a very select group.
"Being in an environment with so many accomplished former pro players and pro coaches and having the opportunity to collaborate and share our views on the game is what makes these courses so unique," Sherman said of her A License experience. "The most rewarding part about coaching is the impact you can make on somebody's life, help change their life, create opportunities and experiences that will live with them for life."
From academic struggles as a youth, to six knee surgeries throughout her playing career, the Montreal native coach has learned her share of lessons.
In the late 1990s, Sherman came up through the Quebec provincial program and eventually landed at the Canadian National Training Centre, then coached by Sylvie Béliveau. She earned a student-athlete scholarship at Clemson University in 1998 and transferred to Hofstra University in 2000, where she earned All-Conference Academic Team honours twice.
Upon graduation, Sherman joined the USL's W-League where she played four seasons of professional soccer before suffering her final knee injury. With a strong passion for the game still burning, she decided to continue her academics and strived to become a coach.
She enrolled at the University of Ottawa and completed a Bachelor's Degree in Education in 2010.
Sherman then crossed city lines and joined the Carleton Ravens Women's Soccer program as an assistant coach from 2011-2016. During that time, she became a staff coach and LTPD learning facilitator with the Ontario Soccer Association's U14 and U15 Girls programs.
Since joining Ottawa Fury FC in 2012, Sherman's success imparting her elite experience and expertise continues with the FIT Development Program.
"Everything I went through as a player has made me the coach I am today. I care about the well-being of each athlete and want them to find success, not only as athletes but in every aspect of their lives," explained Sherman.
"I strive to empower players, provide them with the tools to go as far as they can and open up new experiences and opportunities through hard work, dedication, the ability to overcome adversity."
"Now with an A License, you've put the time in, you've mastered your craft. Talking about females in this position, because there are not very many of us, young girls going to the game, they have to know that they can have opportunities: you can coach professionally, you can coach national teams, there are opportunities out there."
The Canada Soccer National A License is the highest level of coach education and recognition in the country, and requires hours of facilitated learning and formal assessments, catering to those wishing to make a career in coaching at the highest level. Only a select number of coaches attaint this elite level in the country.
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