Olympic champions Canada add goalkeeper and set play coach ahead of international season


Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach Bev Priestman has added experienced goalkeeper coach Jen Herst to her technical staff ahead of the 2022 international season. Herst will serve as Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team’s Goalkeeper & Set Plays Coach. Herst replaces former Canada Soccer goalkeeper coach Michael Norris.

“I’m delighted to add Jen Herst to the Technical Team for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team,” said Head Coach Bev Priestman. “She brings some valuable experience both in the Professional and International Women’s Game and has a great reputation not only in Goalkeeping but Set Plays.”

Herst most recently served as goalkeeper coach for the Wales Women’s National Team and previously served in a similar role with England’s Youth teams. She has also worked as a goalkeeper coach with FA Women’s Super League sides Liverpool FC and Everton FC.

Herst is the latest hire by the Women’s National Team Program after the addition of Andy Spence as an Assistant Coach and Claire Eccles as Equipment Manager. Canada Soccer also recently announced the addition of a dynamic and experienced National Youth Teams staff in September, a group that features: Cindy Tye as the U-20 National Team Head Coach; Emma Humphries as the Women’s U-17 National Team Head Coach and REX Super Centre Director; and Jasmine Mander as both the Girls’ U-15 National Team Head Coach and Women’s U-17 National Team Assistant Coach (alongside her role as the Women’s National Team Performance Analyst); and  Joey Lombardi as the Ontario Super REX and Women’s U-20 Director.


Canada are Olympic champions (Tokyo 2020), two-time bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016), and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in seven consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2019) and four consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2021). At Tokyo 2020, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team became the first Canadian team to win three consecutive medals at the Summer Olympic Games and just the third nation in the world to win three medals in women’s soccer.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won four Concacaf youth titles: the 2004 and 2008 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, and the 2014 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship. Canada have qualified for seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all six editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).

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