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Women’s Committee Continues to Grow the Game

As part of an effort to improve the overall level of coaching in the State and increase the number of licensed women coaches in our communities, the NorCal Premier Soccer Women’s Committee sponsored three 11v11 USSF grassroots courses two weekends ago in Stockton.

Taught by MaryClaire Robinson and Rozie DeWeesse, two of the most accomplished coaches in all of Northern California, the courses included the entire University of the Pacific women’s soccer team, members of the Delta Community College staff, and other women coaching soccer in the Stockton area.

“In addition to assisting with the USSF licensing pathway for many of these coaches, we were proud to be able to equip our area collegiate players with the necessary licensing to kick-start their coaching careers,” said Women’s Committee Chair Erin Sharpe. “We look forward to these women utilizing this education and licensing to help find coaching opportunities in NorCal communities and to better enable them to be successful in the coaching profession.”

The endeavor was just the latest in the long line of coaching opportunities provided by the NorCal Women’s Committee, which is made up of a group of women who have coached at the highest level.

The course in Stockton was just one of the ways the Women’s Committee is committed to increasing the number of women in coaching and to advancing the careers of our coaches through coaching education.

The committee has provided courses with World Class clinician Mary Kok several times, including in-depth analyses of the Women’s World and Euro Cups, sent several women to a TOVO course in Spain, and hosted Symposiums led by local leaders in the game.

The Committee is looking forward to expanding upon these offerings, including additional international coaching education trips, more frequent local symposiums and licensing courses.

“We look forward to continuing to sponsor these grassroots courses for women’s collegiate players as well as other women interested in coaching. Additionally, we will be sponsoring future USSF ‘D’ courses for women that will be taught by our female leaders and provide additional opportunities in the coaching education pathway,” Sharpe said.

The US Soccer Federation Bay Area Development Council generously covered all costs of the course, making it free for the participating coaches.

For more information about the NorCal Women’s Committee, email