UWS Division Champions Continue to Win Awards with the League Foothills WFC gets Nod as Organization of the Year

Calgary, AB - The UWS season may be over but recognition for the Calgary Foothills WFC’s amazing efforts and accomplishments continues.

After earning the West Conference Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons, Troye Flannery has been awarded the UWS Coach of the Year for the 2018 season. After guiding Calgary Foothills Women's FC to a second-place finish last year, his club took the next step this season by winning the West Conference title and advanced to the UWS National Semifinal. He also guided seven players to earn All-West Conference accolades and another three to all-league honors this season.

“I am absolutely flattered by the selection and proud to accept the award on behalf of the team," said Flannery. "It is a truly exceptional league and although we fell short of our team goals this recognition is humbling and without question a result of an exceptional group of players, a committed and talented coaching staff, tireless backroom/operations staff, sponsors, supporters and an incredible club, supporting this project and myself every step of the way. The mandate from day-one, was to extend a pathway for Canadian Women to play in a standards-based setting which the UWS has provided. We have benefited by having players like fifteen-year-old Grace Stordy to Canadian International Steph Labbé with this opportunity. I personally have grown with this project and have the utmost respect for the league and the coaches in our conference and league wide - thank you so very much.”

Three Foothills WFC Players were also recognized for their outstanding efforts this season, being named to the 2018 All-United Women’s Soccer First and Second Teams. Midfielder Jessie Jones, the team’s leader in assists, was named to the first team and goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé, and young defender Grace Stordy were named to the second team.

Adding to their awards this season, Calgary Foothills Women’s FC was also recognized as the 2018 Co-Organization of the Year. This is the first time in league history that the UWS has honored the Organization of the Year award and is given to an organization in recognition of their achievements and success both on and off the field along with going above and beyond in representing themselves in the ideals and standards that UWS has set. Head Coach Flannery states that, “Being recognized as Organization of the Year is something extremely special for both the team and the club. We made it our mission this season to give our supports and sponsors the best experience possible, because without them none of this would have been possible. We had many people working behind the scenes such as Cat Gusztak and Cherlyn White, who set the bar high and worked extremely hard to make it all happen. We are very grateful to have won this award and we will continue to hold ourselves to a very high standard throughout the seasons to come.”                  

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About Foothills WFC: The Calgary Foothills WFC is a member of the United Women’s Soccer League – UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. Calgary Foothills is the first Canadian team to be represented in this league which makes them the highest level of Women’s Soccer in Canada. After a successful first season in the league in 2017, the team hopes to make a mark on their community in their second season. This team is blazing a trail for Canadian women in soccer by creating opportunity for players and making strides toward more equity in the sport.

Rob Jenkins