Algoma University and the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Athletics Program are pleased to announce that Mara Kremenovic has been hired as the Assistant Coach of the women’s soccer program for the 2016-17 season.
“We are delighted to have Mara as Assistant Coach of the woman’s soccer program,” said women’s Head Coach Neil Ovey. “It was plain to see after talking with Mara for a few minutes what a great appointment she would be. Mara has played in the NCAA, so she knows what it takes to be a student-athlete. The squad will be able to really relate to her. She brings great energy and attitude. I am looking forward to working with her and achieving great things with this program.”
Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kremenovic has been playing soccer since the age of five. From a young age, she found her love as a goalkeeper. Kremenovic made her way through the soccer system in Ontario, representing Ontario as a member of the provincial team. From there, she then attended Illinois State University on a full scholarship, in which she helped Illinois reach two NCAA tournament appearances. Kremenovic also played for the Serbian Women’s National team.
Kremenovic has been coaching for several years, most recently having served as Assistant Coach of the women’s soccer program at McMaster University from 2013 – 15. She is a private Goalkeeping Coach at ANB Futbol Academy in Southern Ontario, a position she has held since 2012. From 2014 – 15, she served as the Etobicoke Youth Soccer Club U14 girls’ Head Coach.
Kremenovic holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Illinois State University and a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University.
“Originally being from a small town, I understand the importance of having quality programs available to elite level athletes in smaller communities,” said Kremenovic. “Having lived the student-athlete experience in the USA, my goal is to bring this experience to the athletes at Algoma U and share the knowledge I’ve gained as a player and a coach at a competing OUA school. Joining the Thunderbirds was an easy decision as it allows me to continue to share my passion for the game and help build the soccer community at a promising school.”
The women’s squad has a new coaching staff for the upcoming season. Kremenovic will join the likes of Head Coach Neil Ovey, named to the women’s team in February of 2016. Also joining the squad is Assistant Coach Nick Mullen, Assistant Coach Carlo Francello, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Cameron Wilson.