Ashland University Women’s Soccer Team Works with Community Teams
Ashland University’s NCAA Division II women’s soccer program has a winning tradition with eight straight years of NCAA tournament appearances from 1997 to 2004 and a final four appearance in 1998.
The program is continuing this tradition of a winner this semester as members of the women’s team are working with both girls’ and boys’ community teams at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Ashland.
“It’s a great outreach program with the kids in the community,” said head women’s soccer coach Glenn Francis. “All of the players on the team are helping with this. They are providing coaching assistance and some are refereeing the games and working the scoreboard.”
Francis said the women’s team members are involved with the community teams’ practices on Monday and Tuesday evenings and also work the games that are held on Saturday mornings.
“Youth soccer is very important and we are trying to reach out to them and help the kids,” he said. “We provide the kids with some instruction and we also provide some coaching assistance for the team.”
There are a total of eight teams in the youth league that is set up for girls and boys ages 4 to 9 years old.
“They come out and support us at our games so the least we can do is give something back to them,” Francis said. “There are a lot of these kids who look up to our players so this is a good way to reinforce those relationships.”
Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.