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Sheri Huckleberry

COACHING POSITION:

Professor, Ohio University

Sheri Huckleberry is the NSCAA State Director in Ohio. She has taught many NSCAA coaching courses, including the National Diploma. Her desire to educate coaches arose from witnessing poor coaching and being given opportunity to be the NSCAA State Director for Iowa in the early 90s.

She is the currently working at Ohio University as a program coordinator for their coaching education masters program. Sheri is responsible for advising and teaching a variety of classes to graduate students at Ohio University. As a doctoral candidate at Ohio University, Her area of study is in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Studies and emphasis in Coaching Education. Her research focuses on the commitment and self-efficacy of youth sport coaches.

She also has interest in the impact of deliberate play on the retention of youth sport participants, and the evaluation and assessment of coaching education programs. She is also involved with the Soccer for Education and Cultural Exchange program, a partnership program between Ohio University and PLAY SOCCER. The two-way educational exchange program provides coaching education and training to youth sport coaches in South Africa, Ghana, and Senegal. In exchange, the coaches travel to Ohio University to take part in Kids on Campus activities and PLAY SOCCER program initiatives.

Sheri’s coaching career began in 1997 when when she helped develop the women’s soccer program at Ohio University. During their second season the Bobcats were crowned MAC champions (1998). Over the next ten years, Sheri continued coaching as an assistant at Ball State University and the University of Iowa before coming the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Marist College.

Huckleberry played collegiate soccer at the University of Connecticut. During her career, they were national ranked in the top 5, competed in the final four once, competed in the elite 8 three times, and won a Big East Championship title. After college, she played in the FA (English) premiership league for a team called Wembly FC that competed in the FA Cup Final in the spring of 1997. Semi-professional soccer in the United States was also part of her life as she played for the Connecticut Wolves, Columbus Ziggx and Indiana Blaze.

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