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From Coach Ashley

Our Children Become the Messages They Hear the Most - Changing the Game Project

This article hits on some key points that I hold in high value within my coaching philosophy. I want all of our players to be trained well technically and tactically on the game of soccer, but something that I find very important, and often times under emphasized is coaching on the emotional side of the game. A growth mindset is critical to be successful as an athlete and ultimately is important as a young learner and future professional. Working with various clubs and college players over the years I've given many lectures and presentations on the growth mindset, on the character skills that sports develops and the importance of trusting the process. Self talk, our internal monologue is one of the most important things in sports and I know the more I get to work with all of our membership the more I will emphasis this with our players. Yogi Berra is quoted with the phrase "90% of the game is mental" and I've seen teams lose a game before they even step on the field. On the reverse I've also watched a team warm up and know today is going to be an amazing day for the team. 

As I move into this role as Director of Coaching and Player Development I want you to know that the psychological side of sports is something I am passionate about. 

Director of Coaching and Player Development

Ashley Antonishen
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Ashley Antonishen is a PYSA and Petoskey High School alumni who has returned to the area with a vast amount of soccer coaching experiences. She played collegiate soccer at Northland College (Ashland, WI) and was twice named UMAC All-Conference as a center midfielder. Ashley has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Secondary Education along with an Athletic Coaching minor from Northland College and a Master’s Degree in General Education from Elmira College. “My coaching philosophy is very holistic, I want my athletes to be prepared physically, tactically, and emotionally. I believe athletics is a great learning environment for character skills and promotes healthy habits that will benefit our athletes long after their playing careers.”

Coaching Experience

  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • Graduate of NCAA Women’s Coaching Academy
  • NSCAA Special Topics Diploma: Mental Training
  • Head Coach, Alma College Women’s Soccer (2015-2017)
  • Michigan ODP Staff Coaching (2017)
  • Head Coach, Elmira College Women’s Soccer (2010-2015)
  • Youth Coach, Soaring Capital Soccer Club (2013-2015)
  • Head Coach, Northland College Women’s Soccer (2008-2010)
  • UMAC Coach of the Year 2009
  • Assistant Coach, Northland College Men’s & Women’s Soccer (2007-2008)
  • Assistant Varsity/Head JV Coach, Ashland High School (2004-2008)
  • Coached 2 Conference Player of the Year, 4 NSCAA All-Region, 8 Conference Player of the Week and 31 All-Conference Players at the collegiate level.
  • Camp Director, Cornell Soccer Camps (2012-2015)
  • Camp Coach at Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, St. Lawrence Girls Academy, iDiscover Camp and the Michigan Jaguars camps.  

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