The University of Winnipeg Wesmen women’s soccer team has a new boss.
Amy Anderson is the team’s new head coach, but she’s not an unfamiliar face to the athletes. Anderson was the team’s assistant coach last July before getting bumped up to the top job.
"Because I’ve been with them since July, we don’t have to go through those growing pains. They’re kind of used to my style," Anderson said.
Anderson said she’s expecting to hold a meeting to share her expectations with the group now that she’s taken the reins.
Anderson, 36, started playing soccer when she was about six years old. Anderson went to England to play for the Bristol Rovers Women’s Football Club from 2001-2005. She came back to Canada around 2007, and began coaching the Manitoba provincial girls’ soccer team in 2008, which she still continues to do. She was an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba women’s soccer team for two years from 2011 to 2012.
Anderson is currently also a coach for the Portage Trails Soccer Club U14 team.
The Wolseley resident said it felt natural to take the coaching route over the playing route as she got older.
"What I really want is to help players, get involved with the coaching route, and encourage girls to keep playing soccer at a high level," Anderson said.
The Wesmen team’s first game is slated to be during the first weekend in September, but the athletes have been training all year.
"My approach is that I like to empower the players and help them make intelligent decisions on and off the field," Anderson explained. "My job is to prep them in practice, so in game situations they’re not afraid to try and they can play without fear. I make sure they’re prepared for the game so they can enjoy it."
For more information about Wesmen athletics, visit www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/wesmen-ni or call 204-786-9349.