Former Cougar credits time at CEC for success
TRURO - Life has come full circle for Angela Morrison.
So to speak.
After 13 years away from home, the 35-year-old Economy native has returned to Nova Scotia to coach the Acadia Axewomen soccer team.
"Nova Scotia is such a small province that anywhere you are feels like home and it's exciting," Morrison said Wednesday after being announced as the team's new boss.
Morrison was a key component of the Cobequid Cougars' first and last provincial championship in 1992, when she was a senior at the school.
She then went on to play at Acadia, helping it to an AUAA title in 1996 before playing professionally in the W-League in Japan for two seasons. She returned to North America to coach at the University of Maine Presque Isle in 1998, before coaching at the University of North Dakota, San Diego State University and most recently at the University of Montana.
She credits where she's at today to her days at CEC. Morrison said her senior year at Cobequid laid the foundation for the rest of her life.
"It's where (then Acadia coach) Laura Sanders saw me play," she said. "It was really the starting point for me.
"I owe a lot to my coaches. It's where I came through."
Morrison, who along with husband Andy, gave birth to their son Ethan six months ago, said she still keeps in touch with several of her Cougars teammates.
"Those are friendships that last a lifetime and it's fun to see what everyone is up to," she said.
Morrison said the highlight of her days at CEC is that provincial title, which was won on penalty kicks after extra time solved nothing.
"That's always a dramatic way to win or lose a game," she said. "It was really exciting."
Training camp starts Friday with the season kicking off Sept. 11 when Acadia travels to St. Francis Xavier University in
Morrison can't wait to get started and said she wants to restore the program to what it was when she was a player at the school.
"I want us to be one of the top teams in the conference," she said. "I want to be consistently competing for conference championships and national championships. There's a lot of tradition and pride here and the framework is in place to start making that a reality."
Morrison said the school is attractive because of its academic reputation and its location in the scenic Annapolis Valley.
"Those are strong drawing points," she said. "But to be competitive we need to focus on player development."