High Performance Technical Lead (U14 – U18 OPDL/Competitive programs)

Melanie started her coaching career at WMSC assisting both the male and female side within the competitive program at the age of 16. After her 2 years at the club, she joined Kitchener Soccer Club where she was an Assistant and Head Coach for various levels on the female side where she was highly committed to the club for 7 years working at various ages from U9-U18. She is now committed to the OPDL High Performance pathway and has been a part of the OPDL program at WMSC for 5 years now, since 2018, and is currently the head coach of both the U14 and U17 OPDL Girls program. She is currently attending Humber College, and enrolled within the 3 year program of Sports Management.

She is C license Certified, Youth License Certified, and a current applicant for B License for 2022 with Canada Soccer. Additionally, Melanie was a Female and Mentorship Candidate in 2019, 1 of 8 in the province to be selected. Some other accomplishments and qualifications are: October 2021 OPDL Coach of the Month with Ontario Soccer Association, Keeping Female in Sport 2021 Certified with Ontario Soccer Association, and Respect in Sport. Melanie also attended Conestoga College and is a certified Carpenter, as well as an experienced automotive electrician for CN and CP Rail. Melanie loves all sports, playing and spectating. Huge advocate for female sports leagues like, NWSL, FWSL, & WNBA. Apart from supporting female leagues, Melanie is a huge Raptors and Barcelona fan, with Ronaldinho being her all time favourite footballer.

Apart from sports, she loves spending time with her black german shepherd Shadow, as they hike in the woods and enjoy the outdoors. Has a big love for sneakers and often shares her collection on GAME DAYS. Melanie also enjoys building various outdoor structures and renovating when she has the opportunity to.

Favourite quotes: “Coaching isn’t depositing more knowledge in an athlete’s brain. Coaching is helping athletes extract as much value from themselves and their environment as they possibly can. Coaching isn’t telling, coaching is helping people do!” – Dan Abrahams
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” – Kobe Bryant
“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G.D. Anderson

Melanie hopes to continue to contribute in building better people, better leaders through the beautiful game of football within our community here at Waterloo United. Melanie is committed to motivate and inspire all athletes in achieving success, build confidence as we all learn and navigate through life. Melanie is inspired to grow the women’s game, and hope that she can continue to contribute to empowering our female athletes as well as our female coaches here at Waterloo United for years to come. Melanie looks forward to meeting you all, sharing the pitch with all club members, and looking forward to what’s ahead at Waterloo United. Please do not hesitate to say HELLO when you see her!