Midwest Soccer: Hands-on role for ex-keeper at Olympic Football Club

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Olympic coach Tira-Li Mason.
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She might not be the first — but she’s one of a kind.

Former Olympic Football Club goalkeeper Tira-Li Mason has taken over as its women’s coach, making her the only female head coach in the Midwest Soccer Association women’s competition this season.

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A former country week and age representative player, she says there’s nothing stopping other women stepping up — if anything it’s been a pleasant experi-ence with club figures such as Chris Herring, who coached her in her playing days, and her assistant, Scotty Dewers, stepping up.

“I’ve had a lot of support from the (club) board and people like Chris Herring who have coached me before when I was playing,” she said.

“They’ve given me a lot of guidance and confidence that I was able to do this job.”

She said Dewers had also been a “big help” on game days and with suggestions for positioning that she may have missed while on the field.

“I think it would be very doable for other women and it would be great to see more take on these roles,” Mason said.

I think it would be very doable for other women and it would be great to see more take on these roles,

Olympic Football Club women’s coach Tira-Li Mason.

“But it is definitely important to have that support system.

“The more experienced girls in the team, and in particular the leadership group, have also been a huge asset and help while I’ve been trying to find my feet. ”

Olympic president Brad Pass said the club was happy to have Mason back.

“We’re excited to have our first female coach for the ladies,” he said.

“It’s great to see former players come back and still be involved in another capacity.”

Competition manager Mauro Amazzini said there had been female women’s coaches in the MSA before, but said Mason was currently the only one challenging the men.

Olympic sat fifth on the ladder after a 4-0 win over Marconi last round.

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