Saadia Ashraf is an American football coach, and former quarterback of Team Canada and the Montreal Blitz. She has a bachelor of education degree in physical education from McGill University, and currently teaches at Lindsay Place High School.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
While in high school Ashraf was banned from contact sports by her mother, so she played touch football. In her early twenties she joined the Montreal Blitz as a quarterback, and in 2004 bought the team when the original owners wanted to sell. In 2010 she played in the first ever IFAF Women's Worlds in Sweden, winning a silver medal. In 2012 she won the Independent Women's Football League world championship with the Montreal Blitz. In 2013 she again quarterbacked Team Canada to a silver medal at the IFAF Women World's, this time in Finland.
Coaching career[edit | edit source]
Ashraf has coached several different women's football teams. She is the quarterback coach for both Team Canada and the Montreal Blitz. She is also the head coach of the flag football team at John Abbott College.
References[edit | edit source]
- Staffieri, Mark. "Marie-Noelle Beaulieu Looking to Make Things Happen for Canada at Women's Worlds" (in en-US). Bleacher Report. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1655435-marie-noelle-beaulieu-looking-to-make-things-happen-for-canada-at-womens-worlds.
- "Saadia Ashraf, Female Football Coach - The Muslim Observer" (in en-US). The Muslim Observer. 2007-11-08. http://muslimobserver.com/saadia-ashraf-female-football-coach/.
- "Montreal Blitz QB, a creator of champions" (in en-CA). Montreal. http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-blitz-qb-a-creator-of-champions-1.1297594.
- "Saadia Ashraf brings about football renaissance to hockey-mad haven of Montreal". 2013-11-04. https://fourthandfeminine.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/saadia-ashraf-brings-about-football-renaissance-to-hockey-mad-haven-of-montreal/.
- "Langley, BC, Canada to host 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship - American Football International" (in en-US). American Football International. 2017-02-17. http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/langley-bc-canada-host-2017-ifaf-womens-world-championship/.
- "Flag football with some key injuries in 3 games this week" (in en). The Suburban Newspaper. http://www.thesuburban.com/sports/sports_extra/flag-football-with-some-key-injuries-in-games-this-week/article_d5a51f7a-7e49-11e5-8bb8-7fbe6e7d9f35.html.
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