Football South Women's Coach of the Year Liza Whitson.
Photo by Linda Robertson.
A Mosgiel mum who ''eats, sleeps and breathes soccer''
was unable to collect her women's coach of the year award at
Football South's recent prizegiving because she was - you
guessed it - out of town coaching.
Liza Whitson said she could not make the prizegiving because
she was in Central Otago coaching the Otago 12th grade girls'
team ahead of this this week's South Island tournament in
''I'm teaching girls the tactics and the knowledge of the
game. It's quite involved.''
Mrs Whitson (42) started playing for the Mosgiel club when
she was 9.
''I'm a true blue Mosgiel supporter.''
Last year, she snapped her anterior cruciate ligament when
playing for the Mosgiel women's team.
To ease the pain of not playing, she started coaching the
Mosgiel was a great club for a family that ''eat, sleep and
breathe soccer,'' she said.
''The thing I like about the club is that you can sit down
with people from all generations and talk about the game,''
It's no surprise then that this football-mad mum's three
daughters all played the sport.
Morgan (12) is goalkeeper in Otago 12th grade team off to
Blenheim this week, Jade (9) played a season for Mosgiel
before deciding to focus on dance and netball, and daughter
Laney (7) plays in the 7th grade Mosgiel side, which Mrs
Whitson also coaches.
As well as Otago and Mosgiel coaching commitments, she works
full-time at Tahuna Normal Intermediate School as an art
teacher and coaches a schoolgirls' soccer team.
After an operation on her injury, Mrs Whitson said she hoped
to return to social soccer next year.
The family was looking forward to the 2015 Under-20 Football
World Cup and would definitely be attending the games at
Forsyth Barr Stadium.