SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan women's soccer head coach Jerson Barandica-Hamilton is proud to announce alumna Erica Parenteau his coaching staff for the 2018 season.
Parenteau played in 56 matches on the Huskies' backline from 2011-15 and will work with the defensive unit for the Huskies. In her career, Parenteau was a play-maker, sitting tied for fifth in assists on the Huskie Athletics all-time career list.
"As a program and coaching group, we have always wanted to find the opportunity to involve past players as coaches one day," said Barandica-Hamilton, who enters his fifth season as head coach. "We understand the importance and value that they will bring to our current players by knowing our playing philosophy, our values and our whole DNA as a program."
Parenteau, a product of Prince Albert, Sask., has spent the last two years coaching with the women's soccer U15 and U17 junior Huskies teams. She has completed the Soccer For Life coaching course, as well as the RiS (Respect in Sport) & MED (Making Ethical Decisions) modules and plans to begin her C-License Coaching Certification this upcoming Fall.
"I'm looking forward to being back in the competitive atmosphere of university soccer, and to be working with a great coaching staff and great group of players," said Parenteau. "I'm excited to now use the experience I have had as a player and as a coach with this team. I really enjoyed my time as a player in the program and I learned a lot and grew as a player under Jerson's leadership. I think I will be able to bring a unique perspective for both the players and the coaching staff, as I was in the players shoes a short time ago."
Amy Prokop and Abumere Okonofua will both continue to work as assistant coaches with Barandica-Hamilton in 2018.
The Canada West soccer schedule will be released in mid-June.