Coach Jamie is back in Penticton and has been hard at work to become a better coach!
Jamie grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where she was quickly drawn to the sport of soccer. From the ages of 11 through 16 she was named to Team Saskatchewan, competing in nationals every year with that team. In her later teens she was scouted and dedicated to the Regional Training Center program for western Canada, where a select group of males and females trained on and off field with the highest level of coaches in the area. This led Jamie to the opportunity to play soccer in the United States on an athletic scholarship. She is an alumni of the Minot State University Beavers from 2010 – 2015, a NCAA Division ll school that competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Throughout her years in Minot she was named to All-Conference teams, multiple attacking player of the week awards, won a conference championship and made appearances in the NCAA National Tournament. A couple years after her graduation she was given the opportunity to play professionally in Brisbane, Australia. While there, her team, the Mitchelton Mustangs, were named regular season champions and Jamie won the title of Golden Boot of both the Brisbane Womens Premier League and of the entire Mitchelton club for the season, from all womens and mens teams.
After competing for five years and graduating with degrees in Physical Education, Corporate Fitness, and Coaching, she made the move to the Okanagan and quickly began to coach for Pinnacles Football Club. In her short time with the Pinnacles she has completed her certifications in Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train, Soccer for Life, and most recently her National C-License. Since seeing the benefits of these courses she has begun the investment in herself as a coach, and the long term development of the club, to complete the BC Soccer Learning Facilitator course, as well as the Technical Director certificate. After completing both of these she is also interested in Soccer Canada’s Youth License.
Jamie believes that taking these courses and emerging herself in her coaching has made her more confident and prepared, and that has transferred over to the female program participants at PFC. She has seen a tremendous improvement in the female program over the last six months and is looking forward to the upcoming spring season to see how these new and improved skills come into play. A goal Coach Jamie has for the female program for the next two or three years is to have multiple teams competing at British Columbia Soccer provincials, and has a strong belief the upcoming girls and teams can make it happen!