D license

Well this last weekend I spent 3 days working on getting my first coaching license. If any of you have done that you know the joys of these kinds of experiences. The D license is where any college player or semi professional player begins their coaching training. Without that experience people such as parents or high school players need to begin with the E license. The learning that most collegiate or above players gain from the D is organization and understanding the reasons why their coaches have done practices. You don’t necessarily learn more about soccer, but how to organize practices and plan your coaching points. Anyway, I have met a few people that I can coach with some in the Atlanta Area. That will be super useful.

I plan to continue up the USSF licensing track to get my A so that I can get my national goalkeeping. I personally think there needs to be more goalkeeper awareness or incorporation of keepers into regular course because most people just dont know what to do with their keeper. With one year in between each course that means my C in 2011, B in 2012, and A in 2013 IF I can stay on track. Maybe I will be working with someone who will want to pay for these for me. Needless to say many great coaching relationships and contacts can come from these courses.

I have 2 more days left in the course this weekend so if anyone wants to wish me luck, I’d appreciate it… well mostly I want it to not rain ALL weekend.

Coming Home!! Back to the ATL with the BEAT!!

Hey gang, if you haven’t heard yet I was traded to the ATL Beat from the FC Gold Pride yesterday! I am super pumped but wanted to do a little mini post to share the joy! Check out the article below or posted at http://www.womensprosoccer.com/atlanta .

Atlanta, GA (Oct. 21, 2009) – Atlanta Beat General Manager Shawn McGee announced Allison Whitworth as the newest player to join the expansion team’s roster. Whitworth is a goalkeeper from Birmingham, Alabama who spent a year with the Atlanta Silverbacks in the W-League before she was drafted to FC Gold Pride (Bay Area) for the inaugural season of Women’s Pro Soccer.

“We are absolutely delighted to have signed Allison Whitworth,” said Beat Head Coach Gareth O’Sullivan. “She is very athletic, and outside of her playing ability, she is a tremendous person.”

As a member of the Atlanta Silverbacks, she held a perfect 8-0-0 record with five shutouts and maintained a .5 goals against average. The 23 year-old is a proud Auburn alumna who not only earned 22 shutouts and set a school record for saves in her final college season, but she was also named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2007.

“Gareth and I have seen Allison play on numerous occasions, and she is an outstanding goalkeeper,” said Beat General Manager Shawn McGee. “We have been watching her for a long time, and we believe that she will be one of the best goalkeepers in the league next year. To be honest, we didn’t think would have the opportunity to get her, but we were very fortunate to work a trade with FC Gold Pride.”

In that trade, the Atlanta Beat sends two 2010 WPS Draft picks (numbers 10 and 12) to the Bay Area in exchange for Whitworth and the 23rd overall selection.

“I’m excited to be back in Atlanta because it feels like I’m coming home” said Whitworth. “It’s a great opportunity to be with a new team in the beginning stages, and it’s really close to all my friends and family. The Beat organization has been very welcoming, and it seems like it’s about more than just soccer here; the Atlanta Beat is all about community, and that’s really important.”