Fitzgerald Makes Next Step Through FACP

(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair Department of Athletics has announced that it will be taking part in the CCAA Female Apprentice Coach Program during the upcoming season. Women’s volleyball head coach Jimmy El-Turk will be mentoring apprentice coach Taylor Fitzgerald throughout the 2018-19 season.

Fitzgerald is a former member of the volleyball program and graduated this past year. She  is excited to begin her coaching career as a part of this program.

Taylor-Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald.

“It is an absolute honour to be accepted into the CCAA Female Apprentice Coach Program and I can’t wait to get started on developing as a coach,” said Fitzgerald. “I am so excited to take on this new challenge and step into a different role in the sport of volleyball. The program at St Clair has given me so much and I can’t wait to start giving back.”

El-Turk is looking forward to being involved with FCAP.

“I am very excited to be involved with an amazing educational program that is the CCAA Female Apprentice Coach Program,” he said. “So many coaches have dedicated hours into shaping me as a young coach and I am eager to pay that forward. Taylor grew into an excellent leader and has a lot to offer to the game of volleyball, specifically our St Clair women’s team. I’m looking forward to sharing the knowledge that I have with her as well as learning from Taylor on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis as she transitions from the role of player to coach.”

Twelve apprentices in five different sports across all five CCAA member conferences will be mentored by coaches across the country during the 2018-19 season. They will be monitored throughout the year via progress reports and the women’s volleyball program at St Clair will receive additional financial assistance to aid in Fitzgerald’s development and progress.

“The CCAA Female Apprentice Coach Programs is building capacity and is beneficial to all involved,” said Sandra Murray-MacDonell, the CCAA’s CEO.

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Jay Shewfelt
Jay Shewfelt is an Athletic Coordinator at St Clair College. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor where he earned a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and an Honours in Sport Management. Jay won 3 Junior C All-Ontario Championships as a hockey player with the Belle River Canadiens. Email Jay Shewfelt