UNITED DFC are today delighted to announce that Lauren Windsor will coach with the club as a Skills School Ambassador throughout this summer.
The current UDFC U18AA Girls Assistant Head Coach, who also stars in centre midfield for our Senior Womens’ Premiership team, had a glittering career in Varsity soccer and will be a shining example to our young players both on AND off the field.
Lauren grew up in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, and played her youth club years with Mount Pearl Soccer Association and within the NLSA provincial program.
In 2009 she captained Team Newfoundland at the Canada Games before starting her Varsity career at Memorial University.
Lauren played five years as a centre midfielder for Memorial and was Captain in her last three seasons.
She was an Academic All Canadian and was inducted into the Memorial Athletics Honour Society upon her graduation in 2014.
Now Lauren is becoming a part of the coaching fabric at United DFC and she said: “I’ve been lucky enough to work with Mark Harnish with the U18AA Girls this winter and as a young coach that has been a great learning experience.
“To also get the chance to work with our leading female players in the Skills School Program has been a welcome bonus and I have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.
“Taking on this role moving forward for the summer seems like a natural progression and I’m relishing the chance to work with these talented young players.”
As a coach Lauren worked within the Newfoundland Provincial program she had excelled in as a player and was assistant-coach for their 2017 Canada Games team.
She has now been living in Nova Scotia since 2016 and playing and coaching with UDFC for the last three years.
Technical Director (Youth and Senior) Iain King is thrilled to further cement Lauren’s place in the Skills School staff after a hugely successful first phase of the program.
The opening offering has seen sessions led by Iain and fellow Technical Director Ollie Hewish supplemented by special visits from the University Head Coaches from Dalhousie, St Mary’s, St Francis Xavier and Acadia.
Now Skills School Summer 2021 will see sports psychology and nutrition experts brought in to enhance the program and Iain said: “I feel it is hugely important for our female players to have positive examples to look up to like Lauren.
“I feel she has huge potential as a coach and we want to give her every opportunity to grow within United DFC.
“Like Josh Bowser, who we announced as an ambassador earlier this week, Lauren also excelled academically as well as on the pitch and can talk to the players about how to balance your life as a student athlete. I look forward to working together when we kick off Skills School Summer 2021 on June 1.”