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Coaches - Soccer 4 Life Award

Hollie Babut’s story is a great example of success within the Ontario Soccer Coaching Pathway. Having made the transition from playing to coaching, Hollie is an inspiration to players who decide to forge a new path, and take their participation to a new level.

Hollie started playing soccer at age 11 with Oshawa Turul Soccer Club. She continued playing throughout her youth, and upon graduating, she was awarded a scholarship to Ashford University in Iowa. There, she was a two-time All American NAIA, and was Female Athlete of the Year in 2012.

In 2015, Hollie signed a professional contract with Sarpsborg 08 (Norway). Following this time spent in professional soccer, Hollie returned to Canada, and decided to pursue coaching. In 2016, she was part of the Ontario Soccer Female Mentorship Program, a program that supports female coaches in their pursuit of coach education.

Considered by many as an ‘up and coming’ coach within the Ontario system, even at a young age Hollie has accomplished a great deal, winning much approval from her peers and mentors alike. Her inspirational approach wins over her players with ease, as she uses her wealth of soccer experience to assist in developing first-rate players.

In 2019, as part of National Coaches Week, Hollie was recognized by the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) as Grassroots Coach of the Year.

Hollie holds her National B License, and also works with Canada Soccer and Ontario Soccer as a Coach Developer, conducting online courses for the Children’s License and the Ontario Soccer Grassroots Education Program.

A truly deserving individual, Hollie is currently coaching an Under 13 Girls Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) team and working as a Grassroots Director for Pickering FC. She is a passionate coach who is dedicated to development, and strives to provide the best environment possible to all participants.

Hollie Babut was nominated by Pickering FC.