CCAA selects The King’s University for Female Apprentice Coach Program
The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) has selected The King’s University alumna and current education after-degree student Keri Alcorn as one of only 13 apprentices across Canada in its Female Apprentice Coach Program for 2017-18.
Alcorn, who was a stellar player and volleyball team captain for the King’s Eagles as a student, will now get a chance to learn how to coach players as she is mentored by her former volleyball coach, King’s Athletics Director, Grace Scott.
“Keri’s passion for volleyball, her work ethic, and her positive and encouraging attitude—as well as her desire to keep improving and learning the game—were key components in helping lead our team to the CCAA National Championship during her first year at King’s,” Scott said. Alcorn worked just as hard on defence as she did on offense, Scott says, and “without a doubt, Keri is one of the most talented all-around players I have ever coached.”
The CCAA program provides funding to partner an apprentice coach with a mentor to develop new female coaches in CCAA sports of basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton, and cross-country running. This partnership gives student athletes hands-on leadership experience as a new coach, an opportunity for professional development, and lays a foundation for a coaching career.
Alcorn sees coaching as a good fit with her aspirations to be a teacher and to mentor young women. “I think it is powerful for young athletes—especially females—to have a strong mentor they can look up to and connect with relationally. Until coming to King’s, I had been coached solely by men. I look forward to coaching with the CCAA women’s apprentice program and being mentored by Coach Scott.”
Scott sees great potential in what Keri will bring to the volleyball team. Scott wrote, “As an athlete, Keri had the unique gift of being able to push her teammates to perform their best, while at the same time assuring them that they were loved even if they made a mistake. It is this ability to remain focused on a goal while building into the lives of others that gives me confidence that Keri will be a great teacher and coach!”
Alcorn is ready for the hard work and fun ahead as she passes on her knowledge and life lessons to younger players. “I am very much looking forward to the opportunity, as well as the struggles, triumphs, and growth ahead as an assistant coach to our university team.”