MINNEAPOLIS – Colette Montgomery, a well-known name in the Twin Cities soccer community, has accepted the opportunity to lead the North Central University women's soccer program as head coach. Montgomery takes over for Andrew Cameron, who resigned in May to accept a coaching position at another institution out of state.
"Colette is a highly respected individual in the sport of soccer and has an extensive coaching and administrative resume," said Greg Johnson, NCU Director of Athletics. "However, throughout the course of our search process, I was most drawn to her personal maturity and humility. Colette has a strong desire to see the women in our program flourish spiritually, academically, and athletically; I am so excited for them to learn and grow under her leadership. Great things are in store for NCU Women's Soccer with Colette at the helm."
Montgomery played in her native country of England before crossing the pond in 2004. What began as a summer camp internship has since multiplied into coaching positions, leadership roles, and teaching opportunities in soccer around the state of Minnesota and throughout the United States. A member of the US Club Soccer board of directors, Montgomery's primary job is the director of coaching positions for Edina Soccer Club and Edina Soccer Association. She serves the soccer community as a grassroots instructor for US Soccer and is a 30 Under 30 Mentor and associate state instructor for United Soccer Coaches, which recently changed names from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). In state, she is a former development committee member and current coach education instructor for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). As a high school head coach at Minneapolis Southwest, Montgomery was selected the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA) section coach of the year award in 2009. Three years prior to that, she won the same organization's assistant coach of the year honor while working at Wayzata High School.
Montgomery possesses multiple coaching certifications and licenses, including the United Soccer Coaches premier diploma, national goalkeeping diploma, and director of coaching diploma. She has also earned the United States Soccer Federation's "B" coaching license. In addition to her qualifications, Montgomery is also a sought-after speaker and presenter on the subject of coaching. She has presented multiple times for the MYSA Symposium and the MSCA Academy.
Colette is a co-founder of We Impact Sport Excellence (WISE), a leadership development program for female coaches in youth sports. She is also a member of the elder board at Mount Olivet Assembly of God church in Apple Valley, where she regularly attends.
"I am humbled and honored to lead the North Central women's soccer program," Montgomery noted. She continued, "I am committed to carrying out NCU's mission of developing our student-athletes and look forward to the upcoming season."
Montgomery and her new Rams team will have about seven weeks of off-the-field acclimation before uniting for preseason workouts in mid-August. NCU will play a 20-game regular season that starts with back-to-back home games against Mount Mary College and Lakeland College on August 31 and September 1. 12 of those 20 contests will be Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) games, the first of which will be September 10 at Bethany Lutheran College.
Montgomery Soccer Resume
Committees and Boards
2018-Present Day: US Club Soccer Board of Directors - At Large Member
2017-Present Day: US Soccer - Grassroots Instructor
2017-Present Day: Co-founder of WISE (We Impact Sport Excellence)
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) now United Soccer Coaches
Technical Committee Member (2013-2016)
Associate State Instructor (2009-Present Day)
30 Under 30 Mentor (2016-Present Day)
2011-Present Day: Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA)
Clinician/Presenter Winter Symposium (2011-Present Day)
Development Committee Member (2013-2018)
State Coaching School Instructor (2013-Present Day)
2013-Present Day: Minnesota Soccer Coaching Academy (MSCA) - Clinician/Presenter
2004-Present Day: Edina Soccer Club (ESC) - Director of Coaching (Assistant DOC 2004-2011)
2004-Present Day: Edina Soccer Association (ESA) - Director of Coaching
2006-2016: Dragon Soccer Inc. - Director
2004-2010: Coerver Coaching - Coerver Coaching Minnesota, Staff Coach
2009-2011: Minneapolis Southwest High School - Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach
2005-2006: Wayzata High School - Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach
Courses and Certifications
United Soccer Coaches (formerly National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA))
National Goalkeeping Diploma
Director of Coaching Diploma
Advanced National Diploma
National Youth Diploma
Goalkeeping Level 2 (Regional)
Advanced Regional Diploma
Goalkeeping Level 1 (State)
United States Soccer Federation (USSF)
National "B" Coaching License
National "C" Coaching License
National "F" License
4v4 Online License
English Football Association (English FA)
FA Coaching Certificate
Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA)
U6 "Y" Module
U8 "Y" Module
U10 "Y" Module
2007-2008, Dakota County Technical College Women's Soccer Team
2002-2004, Stockport County Ladies Football Club
1998-2000, National Women's Football Academy
2000-2002, Lincoln City Ladies Football Club
1998-2000, Arnold Town Ladies Football Club
1997-1998, Leicester City Ladies Football Club
1994-1996, Doncaster Belles Youth Football Club