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Tara Mrakic

An advocate for gender diversity and equity.

Tara Mrakic is currently on the Board of Directors with Football Canada. She is the former Head Coach of the Vanier College Cheetahs Flag Football team in Montreal, Quebec where she re-built the Cheetahs program in 2011 and led her team to a division championship title during the 2012-2013 season. She is 3-time recipient of the RSEQ (Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec or Quebec Student Sports Network) Coach of the Year award in her respective division (2014, 2015, 2018).

Coach T is knowledgeable and passionate about football and coaching and is dedicated to the evolution of young athletes on and off the field. Her commitment to offering a wide variety of opportunities that allow other black female athletes to develop themselves and their abilities is illustrated in the mentoring of her former athletes who were part of her coaching staff as assistant coaches.

Coach T was introduced to the football world when she herself played for Vanier College from 1990-1994. In both her junior and senior years, she was named MVP and Co-MVP as a quarterback, an honour that spoke to her elite level of play on the field.

Upon earning her diploma in Business Administration, she continued her playing career at an elite level, playing tournaments within Touch/Flag Football Ontario (TFONT). Coach T then decided to transition and become a touch and flag football referee at the elite level for the next 17 years.

Since 2013, she has been an official in The Flagplus Football League, the largest indoor league in North America, where she was the first female recipient of the Leader of The Herd Award in 2019 as a standout official. She was recently appointed to their Executive Panel in June of 2023 where she is also the first female.

Coach T is an advocate for gender diversity and equity, where she was the only black female Head Coach for Women’s Flag Football in Canada. Having played baseball, volleyball, and football, and now officiating and coaching flag football, Coach T considers herself having been “confined” in a male-dominated milieu her whole life, which is why she envisions a future of Canadian sport that is as diverse in gender as it is in race. Coach T is a Mentor in the BFCMP and Co-Chair of the Black Football Coaches of Canada.

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