Queen’s Athletics & Recreation (A&R) and the Queen’s Women’s Football club made an announcement on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, naming Kwame Osei as head coach.
The Queen’s Women’s Football club’s purpose is to engage the Queen’s University student women’s community in sport development, participation, and motivation, developing female athletes and individuals of good character and leadership through the sport of football – specifically flag football – in a recreational competitive environment, according to a release from Queen’s Gaels.
“Ever since I took on the role of getting this sport recognized as a club at Queen’s, I knew that I would need to find a coach who would be able to help me accomplish this goal,” said Emily Sharp, President of the Women’s Football Club. “Kwame Osei meets that goal and completely surpasses it! I am sure that his extensive portfolio can attest to that, we are more than lucky to have him a part of this team, and I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes alongside our women’s executive team.”
Osei, who holds the position of receiver’s coach and community outreach coordinator for the men’s football program, joined the Gaels for the 2019 season, Queen’s said in the release.
A product of Rexdale, Ontario, Osei started playing football in his Grade 9 year before finding his way to StFX University in the AUS conference of U SPORTS. According to the release, Osei signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL before returning to the Education program at StFX for his final year.
Osei then spent seven years inspiring the next generation of players as a dynamic public speaker, physical education and sports performance teacher and coach at Holy Trinity High School in Fort McMurray, Alberta and a member of the coaching staff for the Team Alberta U16 provincial football team.
“Football saved my life, and for that, I’m forever indebted to help grow the game in any way possible. To be the head coach of the Queen’s women’s football team means the world to me, especially in this day and age. My goal is to be a trailblazer and to always lead by example. I believe in equity, and this was an opportunity for me to showcase that. I’m truly honoured and humbled to be in this position, I may be the first to step up, but I trust many coaches will follow suit and make this the norm.”
Also joining the staff is Reed Anderson, who appeared with both Edmonton and Montreal in the CFL after a successful University career with St. Mary’s and Acadia, according to the release. He is also currently an assistant with the men’s football program at Queen’s.
The Queen’s Women’s Football club is a member of the Ontario Women’s Intercollegiate Football Association (OWIFA), a competitive and student-run women’s flag-football league for universities and colleges in Ontario.
“This is a historic moment for university women’s football in Ontario, albeit Canada. Kwame’s appointment as a hired head coach shows that Queen’s University values the experiences of women in football and the growth of the game. More importantly, the expertise and high-quality coaching that Kwame Osei brings to athletes is necessary. Athletes will be well-trained to play the game safely and at a high level. Additionally, student coaches now have an experienced mentor to learn from,” said Olivia Ghosh-Swaby, the Commissioner of OWIFA. “This is needed, and Queen’s is leading by example.”
Due to COVID-19 and the implications of the global pandemic, the current activities of the Queen’s Women’s Football will be focused on building and supporting the foundational elements and awareness of the club in a new leadership model and structure, with support from A&R, while following best practices and opportunities for a safe and responsible Return to Sport and Activity when the opportunity allows, according to the release.
To learn more about the new club and its efforts, reach out to President Emily Sharp and the Executive team at [email protected].