SCUGOG: Port Perry Minor Softball coach, Colleen Rasmussen-Taylor, will be accepting a very prestigious award next month.
The coach recently learned she was selected, by the Coaches Association of Ontario, as the Ontario Coaching Excellence Grassroots Female Coach award winner. The award is annually given out to one coach in the province, and is open to all sports. Rasmussen-Taylor told The Standard she was surprised, when she learned she had won.
“It was a complete surprise. I didn’t think I stood a chance, because it is so big. It is a huge honour,” she said.
Rasmussen-Taylor currently coaches house league and select level teams. She is also a recent mother of twins.
“I’m very lucky that I have had a group of kids and parents around me. We are friends outside of baseball, and my friends watch (the twins) while I coach.” Colleen said.
She started coaching as a way to give back to the sport.
“I played softball all my life, and still do, and I just love the game. I wanted to reciprocate and give back to the game that I love and that gave me so much growing up.”
The coach said she tries to accomplish two things with her players.
“They need to enjoy it, or there is no need to be there, and they also need to learn something,” Rasmussen-Taylor said. “At the end of the season, they should walk away knowing they got better.”
She will receive the award at a gala on Saturday, Sept. 17th , at the Cineplex Varsity Theatre, in Toronto.