Rustler Alumni Brianne Collette Chosen for Apprentice Coach ProgramNow in its seventh year, the CCAA Female Apprentice Coach Program will offer coaching opportunities to 20 apprentices training under mentor coaches in soccer, cross-country running, badminton, basketball and volleyball across the country.
The CCAA Female Apprentice Coach Program targets female graduating student-athletes to participate in collegiate sport as apprentice coaches. The program provides grants for professional development opportunities and operational costs associated with the apprentice coach. The CCAA Female Apprentice Coach program is funded by Sport Canada.
Brianne Collette, a 4 year student athlete for the Lakeland College Rustlers Women's Volleyball Team was selected as one of the 20 apprentice coaches.
"We are very fortunate to receive one of the grants for who we believe is a very deserving candidate," commented Aaron Rawlake Lakeland College Athletic Supervisor "
Austin Dyer who is heading in to his third year behind the bench of the women's team is a certified Level 3 coach who has lead the team. Dyer will be taking Collette under his wing this season to help her learn the game through the eyes of a coach.
“Thanks to Sport Canada, the CCAA is able to provide apprentices coaches with education, practical experience and qualified mentor coaches,” states program chair Yvonne Becker. “It serves to increase their competencies and enrich Canada’s coaching ranks for the future.”
The CCAA’s goal is to have one female coach on the staff of each women’s sports program. Lakeland College is extremely happy to receive the funding to enable Collette to pursue the ranks of coaching. With her passion for the game and desire to learn Lakeland is extremely confident that she will become a strong coach in time.