SUA Names Evans as New Soccer Coach
February 22, 2012St. Ursula Academy
From Jill Cahill at St. Ursula Academy:
St. Ursula Academy is proud to announce Becky Imhoff Evans as the new head varsity soccer coach.
Evans is a Cincinnati native with a great deal of soccer, coaching and athletic training experience. She will take over the highly ranked St. Ursula Bulldogs varsity team for the 2012-2013 competitive season.
Evans says she knows what it takes to succeed and will bring that experience to the team. “I’ve walked in these girls’ shoes. I know what it takes to balance academics and athletics at the high school & collegiate level. I know the commitment, hard work and passion it takes, from both the coaches and players, to be successful on the soccer field.”
As a former GGCL high school player at Archbishop McNicholas, she is very familiar with the league and the success St. Ursula Academy has experienced athletically every year.
“As a player, I’ve always respected the St. Ursula soccer program,” said Evans. “The rich tradition, outstanding players and first class facilities all make St. Ursula a special place to coach. I feel honored to have the opportunity to coach here.”
After playing for her high school and the Hammer F.C. club team, she continued her soccer career at the University of Cincinnati, where she was a four-year starter and two-year team captain. She majored in Health Promotion with an emphasis in Exercise and Fitness.
“I have always had a strong passion for coaching and training athletes and my major allowed me to learn the science behind sports performance training,” she said.
During college, Evans coached several club teams, training girls from ages 12-18 years old. She also worked part-time at a sports performance facility to help athletes enhance their abilities in their specific sport of interest.
She said “I enjoy being a role model for the younger athletes and having a positive influence on their lives. I gain a sense of satisfaction; being able to see each individual grow, improve and succeed from the skills I’ve taught them.”
She continued to play soccer after college for the W-League Cleveland Internationals and was a Combine Finalist in 2009 for the Women’s Professional League.
Her recent work as Head Coach and trainer at Kings Soccer Academy and as Health and Fitness Supervisor at TriHealth has contributed significantly to her overall experience as a soccer coach. She has big plans for the St. Ursula team.
“I expect St. Ursula to continue to be a strong program for years to come, so I will challenge these girls to improve every day and push them to reach their full potential,” Evans. “I want them to be confident and mentally tough on and off the field. I expect the team to have pride in their school and represent St. Ursula with ethics and integrity.”
“We welcome Coach Evans to the St. Ursula family. She brings a lot of talent and experience with her and we look forward to supporting her as she takes the Bulldogs soccer program into the future,” said SUA Athletic Director Mike Sipes.
Coach Evans says she is looking forward to getting started and getting to know each and every one of her players. “I’m really looking forward to meeting the players and getting to know them individually. Helping each player reach her full potential is very important to me. St. Ursula possesses such great talent each year and I look forward to blending the individual talents together into a tight knit team.”