Coach Shannon Aitken: A Humble Mentor and Respected Coach – FAQ

Meet Coach Shannon Aitken, the humble and dedicated coach of the Steinbrenner Girls Soccer Team. With a genuine passion for mentoring her players and helping them become the best versions of themselves, Coach Aitken’s coaching philosophy revolves around balance, caring for her players both on and off the pitch, and instilling valuable life lessons. In this FAQ blog, we delve into Coach Aitken’s insightful responses, gaining a deeper understanding of what makes her a remarkable coach and why she finds joy in coaching. Get ready to be inspired by her humility and commitment to the development of her athletes. 🌟⚽🤝

A: I care about my players on and off the pitch. I push them to reach their full potential while also knowing when to have fun. It’s important to strike a balance between intensity and enjoyment. Being a good coach means getting the most out of my players, but it also means supporting them and helping them grow into the best version of themselves they can be.

A: The reasons I enjoy coaching have evolved over the years. Initially, coaching allowed me to maintain my competitive drive while incorporating my experiences and lessons learned as a player into mentoring my athletes. Coaching became rewarding in a different way than playing – it wasn’t just about the win; it was about the growth and process. As I continued coaching, I’ve also come to appreciate learning about various aspects of the profession that I didn’t encounter as a player or a new coach. For example, educating my players about diversity, inclusion, and equity has become an essential part of my role. Coaching extends beyond honing skills and winning championships; it’s about fostering qualities that shape us into leaders and teammates in all aspects of life.

A: Finding the balance between competitiveness and fun is crucial. While it’s important to strive for excellence and push ourselves to the limit, we must also remember to enjoy the journey. I create an environment where hard work and dedication are valued, but where laughter and camaraderie flourish as well. Soccer is a beautiful game, and it should be celebrated and enjoyed. By embracing both sides, we foster a positive and fulfilling experience for all.

A: My coaching philosophy revolves around mentoring my players, supporting them, and helping them become the best versions of themselves they can be. I believe in creating a team dynamic built on trust, respect, and unity. I value the development of not only their soccer skills but also their character and leadership qualities. Ultimately, my goal is to guide my athletes towards success on and off the pitch, equipping them with the tools they need to excel both as individuals and as teammates.

Shannon Aitken the most decorated goalkeeper in University of Tampa women’s soccer history as she was the starting keeper of the 2007 National Championship Team. In 2007, she was named the National Player of the Year, becoming the first player in program history to earn the distinction. The 2007-08 Sunshine State Conference Female Athlete of the Year was also a two-time All-American and two time All-South Region performer.

Coaching Career

Steinbrenner High School 2015-2023 - 8 Seasons - 106-34-8

Player Career

University of Tampa, 2004-2008

Coaching Academic Awards



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