Carole Holt of the NAIT Ooks is the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women's Soccer Coach of the Year.
She received the award this evening during the CCAA All-Canadian Banquet at the 2018 CCAA Women's Soccer National Championship, hosted by Douglas College in Coquitlam, BC.
"Carole is one of the most consistent coaches in the CCAA and she has built a great program at NAIT," said Marlene Ford, CCAA Women's Soccer Convenor. "Carole is very deserving of this award for her knowledge and passion for the game."
Holt guided the Ooks to a perfect 10-0 record and first-place finish in the ACAC North Division. NAIT outscored its opponents 59-3 in the regular season.
This week, NAIT will participate at CCAA Nationals for the ninth consecutive season. With four silver medals and a bronze medal over that time, Holt's sole goal is CCAA gold.
As an on-campus coach at NAIT, Holt is constantly assisting her student-athletes in their academic endeavors. Last season, her team had an average GPA of 3.3. The Ooks are also front and centre with community service events, including those that support KidSport.
Holt is a member of the ACAC soccer sport management team and coaches girls soccer with the Edmonton Scottish United Soccer Club. She holds a National B License Award with the Canadian Soccer Association and has been involved with the sport both as a coach and player in Alberta, Ontario and England for more than 25 years.
CCAA Coach of the Year winners receive a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the Official Ring Supplier of the CCAA National Championship Awards Banquet.
Carole Was not the only one taking home honours on CCAA Soccer Championships banquet night, Kaily Mohn was named a CCAA Women's Soccer All-Canadian while fifth midfielder Zach Kaiser was earned CCAA Men's All-Canadian Honours.