Current Coaching Position: Head coach, Zone 5 U-19 “AA” Team
CAC Program Involvement: Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
Mentor: Chris Belan
“Ashley brings 18 years of playing experience and unsurpassed dedication and commitment. A club coach for seven years, she acknowledges the value of a Canada Games experience and believes that her participation as an athlete in 2003 was her stepping stone to becoming a world-class athlete. She has discovered a passion for coaching and is looking forward to broadening her abilities and learning from the best coaches.” – Shona Schleppe, Sport Consultant, Sport Development Branch, Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife
A veteran ringette player, Ashley competed at the 2003 Canada Winter Games as a member of Team Alberta, which finished in fourth place. A forward, she played for Team Canada, silver medallists at the 2007 world championships, and has been invited to the training camp that will decide the roster for the 2010 worlds. She currently plays for the Edmonton Wam, the Western Conference Champions in the National Ringette League. She has competed at seven national championships, winning two gold, two silver, and one bronze medal.
Ashley, who started coaching at the age of 15, now has seven years’ experience under her belt. She has coached all skill levels and ages, from five to 18 years of age. In 2007-2008, she was head coach of the Zone 5 Tween “AA” Pressure that won medals in all but one tournament. The team finished the season losing the gold medal game in overtime. This season she coached the Zone 5 U-19 “AA” team, which also won medals at all but one tournament, finishing with the silver medal at the provincial championships.
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• High school graduate
• National Coaching Certification Program, Level 2 certification in ringette
Expectations of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
“I am looking forward to seeing how other people coach, their style and approach to similar matters I may experience, being able to broaden my range of skills and mannerisms when it comes to coaching athletes, and listening to everyone’s experiences with different sports.”
Greatest achievement: Making Team Canada in 2007 and finishing as the top point leader at the 2007 world championships in my rookie year.
Source of motivation: My parents, always believing in me and pushing me to be the best version of myself. Knowing that I have played a part in shaping a person’s life; when I coach, I don’t just coach the athlete, I coach the person.
Greatest wish: For ringette to get the exposure and respect it deserves and to one day coach Team Canada Ringette at the Olympic Winter Games.