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Boureille, Morris, and Salem to participate in ‘B’ License coaching course funded by U.S. Soccer, the NWSL, and the NWSLPA

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Two active Thorns and one former Thorn will participate in a new program aimed at increasing the number of high-level female coaches in the U.S.

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The National Women’s Soccer League, the NWSL Players Association and U.S. Soccer partnered to hold a free ‘B’ License coaching course for current and former NWSL players. Current Thorns Celeste Boureille and Angela Salem and former Thorn Meg Morris (2016-18) will participate in the program.

Twenty-four athletes are participating in a 20-week program that will provide cost-free ‘B’ License courses in an effort to increase the number of high-level female coaches in the U.S. The cost of the courses will be covered in part by U.S. Soccer’s Jill Ellis Scholarship Fund. The NWSLPA and the league itself will also help cover the cost.

The NWSL’s reoccurring sponsorship of the program will be named the Kim Crabbe Coaching Fund. The fund honors the former USWNT player and trailblazer.

This is the third year that U.S. Soccer and the NWSL have partnered to provide cost-free coaching courses. They previously provided two ‘C’ License courses funded by donors.

This is will be U.S. Soccer’s first all-women ‘B’ License course. The 20 active players and four former players participating will be invited to participate in a modified SheChampions Mentorship Program.

The full release can be accessed here along with the list of participating athletes.