New York Surf has tapped the coaching talent of several Metropolitan Area universities and colleges as it finalized its sideline staff for the upcoming United Women’s Soccer season.
Michele Canning, the current head coach of New York University’s women’s soccer team, will serve as Surf head coach. She will be joined by assistant coaches Salma Tarik, head coach of St. Joseph’s College (Patchogue, NY) women’s soccer team; Jen Leaverton, an assistant coach with the St. John’s University women’s soccer team; and Scott Waddell, an assistant coach with NYU’s women’s soccer team.
Canning recently completed her sixth season as NYU’s head coach. Prior to the 2016 campaign, the Violets posted four winning seasons, made three postseason appearances. The team finished the 2016 season with a record of 13-3-6, losing the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III finals on penalty kicks to Springfield College.
Tarik in 2016 completed her first season as women’s head coach at St. Joseph’s. Prior to joining the Long Island college, she served as assistant men’s soccer coach at Mercy College, a position she held for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.
The Hofstra University graduate and current Hicksville resident this past fall was a member of Egypt’s women’s soccer team that participated in the Africa Cup of Nations. She scored Egypt’s only goal in the team’s 1-0 win over Zimbabwe.
Leaverton, a standout for St. John’s from 2008-2011, returned to the university as an assistant coach for the 2015 season, which ended with the Red Storm winning its first Big East Regular Season title. She was named the 2015 NSCAA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year and shared Big East Coaching Staff of the Year honors with her colleagues.
Prior to her tenure at St. John’s, Leaverton spent three seasons as an assistant coach at New York University, where she was tasked with the main responsibility of recruiting.
Waddell this fall completed his first year as an assistant coach for NYU’s women’s soccer team. He joined the university after two seasons as an assistant coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. Prior to his time there, Waddell coached four seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Columbia University.