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Women's Coaching Collective

 

A community of women and their teammates to support professional and personal development while fostering an environment that is supportive, welcoming, and accessible.

Our mission is to be the leading destination for women coaches, staff, and players. Through connections, mentorship, and dialogue, our goal is to coach and assist all women in soccer forward in their development – whether that’s as a coach, an administrator, volunteer, referee, player, or any other role.

With the support of a network of teammates - from our fellow coaches and staff, friends of the club and league colleagues, to community partners, and everything in between - we are committed to achieving our goal.

NCFC Youth has made great strides over the years to support all coaches, but there's opportunity to do more, and the Women's Coaching Collective is one step forward. 

All women coaches, staff, administrators, and volunteers at NCFC Youth are automatically part of the Women's Coaching Collective and have opportunities to learn, network, and develop.

Anyone can be a teammate and join the Women's Coaching Collective community today! There’s no cost or commitment required to join or support; simply join/like us on our Facebook Group and stay up to date with the latest news, information, and opportunities.

Questions or Comments? 
Contact [email protected]



Upcoming Events

September 26: Grassroots Women's Coaching Course To register, please contact [email protected].

September 26: Social (12pm - 2pm) RSVP here (required)

+ Learn more about women in coaching and youth soccer.

- Learn more about women in coaching and youth soccer.

  • In youth sports, only 25% of all coaches are women.

  • In youth soccer specifically, approximately 34% of all coaches are women.

  • At NCFC Youth, ~15% of all our seasonal coaches are women.

  • At NCFC Youth, ~20% of our volunteer coaches in Recreation and Challenge are women.

+ See how woman impact the game off the field.

- See how women impact the game off the field.

  • Girls drop out of youth soccer and sports at a higher rate than boys, and studies show that women coaches can contribute to girls' participation, enjoyment, and retention sports.

  • Girls and young women need strong women role models. Girls more readily identify with and see a woman as a mentor and role model, which can help counter stereotypes and boost girls' confidence, self-efficacy, and sense of belonging.

  • Boys coached by women can challenge stereotypes about women in leadership. Experiencing women as competent leaders increases the likelihood they will respect girls and women and see them as equals in the future.

+ Who can join the Women's Coaching Collective?

- Who can join the Women's Coaching Collective?

All NCFC Youth women coaches, staff, administrators, and volunteers are automatically members of the Women's Coaching Collective and will have opportunities to connect, learn, and develop. Anyone who wants to support our mission and further their own development can join the Women's Coaching Collective community through our Facebook group.

+ Why engage with the Women's Coaching Collective?

- Why engage with the Women's Coaching Collective?

  • An immediate network of women coaches and teammates to support your involvement in the game.

  • Opportunities to attend coaching education and/or other networking and social events to foster connection.

  • Access to be part of the Women's Coaching Collective mentor program designed to further support coach development, connection, and advancement.

  • Support your fellow coaches and staff in their development.

+ How to join or support the Women's Coaching Collective?

- How to join or support the Women's Coaching Collective?

For NCFC Youth coaches and staff, you are automatically part of the Women's Coaching Collective and will receive periodic updates and news on opportunities and resources from our committee. To join the community of support for the Women's Coaching Collective, click here, to stay up to date with the latest news, opportunities, and updates.


Women's Coaching Collective Committee

Our committee is in place to guide the club’s efforts in three primary areas:

  • Support: Create opportunities for connection, development, and mentorship for women
  • Investment: Provide resources and programs for women coaches and girls players
  • Recruiting and retention: Identify opportunities to remove barriers and create an environment that attracts more women into coaching / administration and keeps them in the game longer
+ Cindy Parlow Cone, DCH Girls Classic Director & ECNL Girls Coach - Cindy Parlow Cone, DCH Girls Classic Director & ECNL Girls Coach


Cindy is currently the President of the United States Soccer Federation. Cindy also works as the Director of International Outreach for Goals for Girls, a non-profit organization that connects girls from different backgrounds with their peers around the world to address social and health challenges through soccer. Previously, Cindy was a 9-year member of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team, winning 2 Olympic Gold medals (’96, ’04), an Olympic silver medal (’00), and a Women’s World Cup Championship (’99). She has coached at the collegiate level, winning 4 national championships in 7 years (’06, ’08, ’09, ’12). At the professional level, Cindy is the youngest coach (man or woman) to ever win an American professional sports championship (in any sport) as the Portland Thorns head coach in 2013.

+ Katharine Eberhardt, Business Development Director - Katharine Eberhardt, Business Development Director


Katharine is a local product of NCFC Youth (’02 alum). She is a graduate of Broughton High School, Furman University (B.S., Psychology), and NC State (M.S., Sport Management). Her playing career is highlighted by a #1 national ranking in high school and 4A State Championship, NCYSA State Cup Championships, USYS Southern Regional Championship, Southern Conference Championships and All-Conference Team selections, and two appearances in the NCAA women’s post-season tournament. In her current role as Business Development Director at NCFC Youth, she manages and oversees sponsorships, community partnerships, and marketing. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and Women in Sports & Events Greater Raleigh Chapter, and she spends her free time chasing two toddlers, Kelley (3) and William (1).

+ Emma Thomson, NC Courage Academy Coach & NC Courage Assistant Coach (NWSL) - Emma Thomson, NC Courage Academy Coach & NC Courage Assistant Coach (NWSL)


Originally from Nottinghamshire, England, Emma grew up playing for Doncaster Belles in the FA Women’s Premier league and had the opportunity to represent England at the youth levels.  In 2008, she came to the US to attend Penn State University and enjoyed a 4-year playing career that included four NCAA Tournament appearances and four Big Ten Championships. After graduation, and a short playing stint back in England, she returned to the US to continue her soccer journey in coaching, which has since included 6 years as an assistant at the collegiate level (George Mason) and 10 years at various clubs. In 2020, she joined NCFC Youth as a full-time coach and shortly thereafter joined the NC Courage as an assistant coach.  She is currently a member of the inaugural SheChampions Mentorship Program, an initiative by U.S Soccer to identify, develop and retain A license female coaches.  The program aims to empower women in coaching across the country as well as inspire the next generation of female players and coaches through representation in the sport. 


+ Taylor Adcock, Classic Coach - Taylor Adcock, Classic Coach


Taylor considers NCFC Youth home as she played for the club (then CASL) from age nine to eighteen. After a successful youth campaign through state championships won at CASL and Broughton High School as well as selection for North Carolina's Region III team, she went on to play collegiate soccer for the University of South Florida and Campbell University (B.S., Health and Physical Education). After playing collegiately, she played semi-professionally for DC United Women in the W-league. To close out her playing career, she played professionally for Nice Futis in Naisten Liiga (Finland Division 1). Her passion for the game led her to pursue a full time career in coaching. She has coached at the classic level since 2014 and was a NCFC Youth full time staff member from 2014 to 2021 where she served as a challenge administrator, U11-U12 girls north/south classic director, and GDA apprentice coach. She continues to coach for the club and finds JOY in teaching young women the importance of building life's most precious skills through the game of soccer. She spends her time away from the field with her family -husband Brady, daughter Raymie, and third member due early January 2022!


+ Megan George, Classic Coach - Megan George, Classic Coach


Megan joined NCFC Youth Staff in the summer of 2018. She started playing recreation soccer and continued through her high school career and played collegiate soccer at Lewis University (IL). Throughout her playing career, she had many influential coaches that encouraged her to start her coaching career. After completing college with an undergraduate degree in Sport Management and minor in Coaching, she naturally started coaching full-time within clubs in the midwest. After being on the board and a director of programs at three clubs in the midwest, Megan chose to make the move to NCFC Youth in 2018 to be closer to family in the area. Throughout her career, Megan has earned her USSF B License and USSF Grassroots Instructor License. Megan enjoys focusing on coaching while building a successful career in real estate. In her spare time she instructs USSF Grassroots Courses through NCYSA and spends time at the beach with her family.

+Jamie Corti, Marketing & Program Coordinator & 2012 North Gold Coach -Jamie Corti, Marketing & Program Coordinator & 2012 North Gold Coach


Jamie grew up in Florence, Italy and moved to the US at the age of 10. NCFC Youth (then CASL) provided Jamie with her first organized soccer opportunity, and it was the first time she played with girls. Since then, the game has been a large part of her life. She continued playing soccer through high school and college (UNC Greensboro) and immediately upon graduating began a career in college coaching at various Division I universities (UNC Greensboro, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Central Florida, and Campbell University) and was fortunate enough to work with some incredible women that mentored her along the way. At NCFC Youth, she works in the events and camps department and is also a seasonal coach. She is excited to be a small part of a young players journey, whether on the field or behind the scenes.

+Gary Buete, CEO -Gary Buete, CEO


Gary Buete is the Chief Executive Officer of NCFC Youth. He also serves as the Chairperson of US Club soccer and has served on the US Club Board of Directors for 6 years. Additionally, Gary has been named to the business North Carolina inaugural power list 2021 and influential North Carolina Sports Execs 2019. Before coming to NCFC Youth in 2014, Gary served as the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Soccer Club in Louisiana (2000 – 2014). He helped lead the club to unprecedented growth, and he was instrumental in bringing the 2010 and 2014 USYS Region III tournament to Baton Rouge. During the latter part of his tenure in Baton Rouge, Gary spearheaded the creation of US Club Soccer’s Gulf States Premier League, where he served as the league’s first Commissioner (2011-2014). He spent the early part of his career in Alabama as the Executive Director of Capital City Streaks (1998-2001). In addition to his club director roles, Gary has held various positions within soccer programs at all levels including state and region III ODP, college (volunteer assistant with LSU), high school, club and PDL (Baton Rouge Capitals). After playing and graduating from Lander University in South Carolina, Gary earned his Master’s degree in Sport Management from East Tennessee State University. He holds a USSF “A” License and National Youth License.

+Paul Forster, Director of Soccer -Paul Forster, Director of Soccer


Paul is the Director of Soccer for NFC Youth. Prior to taking on this role, which oversees all soccer programs in the club, Paul served as the Youth Director and Director of Classic. He came to NCFC Youth by way of Winston Salem, where he was the Director of Soccer for the Twin City Soccer Association. His experience in coaching extends into the college game, where he had multiple stints as an Assistant Coach including at Wake Forest University, NC Wesleyan College (where he also was the head golf coach and taught pickleball), UNC Wilmington, and the University of Buffalo. Paul played soccer in college at UNC Wilmington (1994-1997). He has his USSF A License, and when not on the fields, he's spending time with his wife Yexenia, and daughters, Amelia and Eva.

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Be a Teammate & Join the Community! 

A team is successful when each teammate does his/her part and heads toward the same goal. For the Women’s Coaching Collective, our goal is only achieved with the support of teammates – fellow coaches, administrators, friends, club leaders, partners, community leaders, leagues, and the larger soccer community. Be part of the conversation and our community by joining our Facebook Group.


Mentor Program - Apply Today! 

The Women's Coaching Collective is launching a mentorship program to support women coaches, staff, and volunteers. Applications are currently open for mentors and mentees, and the program is set to kick-off in September. Mentees will be paired with mentors based on experience and goals. 

Learn more or click here to apply. 

Calendar of Events

September 26:Grassroots Women's Coaching Course
To register, please contact [email protected].

September 26: Social (12pm - 2pm)
RSVP here (required)

Additional events throughout the season TBD

Thank you coaches, administrators, and all other women in the game for all you do!

Contact

North Carolina FC Youth
5017 Memory Road 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Phone : 919-834-3951
Email: [email protected]

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