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2023 Coaching Staff


The Pickering Football Club realises the importance of having quality coaches that can deliver our curriculum and have an impact at the different stages of our player’s development, so we invest heavily on the recruitment and training of new and experienced coaches, providing them with a solid platform for their development.  PFC has International, National and Provincially Licensed coaches on staff, and each of our coaches are screened and have completed their Respect in Soccer certification.

David Benning, Director of Soccer Operations

Dave brings the experience and success required in this position to continue building the Club and provide additional leadership in the delivery of our technical strategic plan.

As a TD, Dave has most recently been instrumental in creating a showcase pathway for players to be scouted and recruited by university coaches both here in Canada and in the United States. From 1993 to 2003 and 2013 to 2017, Benning was one of the first technical directors hired in Ontario (Glen Shields FC) which opened a new industry and vision for youth clubs to hire a professionally licensed coach(s) to provide the necessary technical leadership to all club staff. From 2003 to 2013 Dave was the Technical Programs Manager at Canada Soccer where he was responsible for the National Training Centres across the country. In addition, he was the U15WNT Head Coach and U17WNT Assistant Coach at the U17 World Cup in Azerbaijan in 2012 where the team finished as quarter-finalist to North Korea.

David will act as the Club’s chief spokesperson for Club-level technical matters involving all governing bodies and leagues. He will be focusing on the overall technical vision and plans developed for our approved 2019-2022 Strategic Plan with a mandate to maximize a positive, standards-based culture including all required technical administration of planning, reporting and budgeting.

Hollie Babut - Grassroots Director

As a coach, Hollie has won accolades from the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) for her work in Grassroots Development and is one of a small group of widely respected, up and coming female coaches in the province taking an active role in Ontario Soccer’s Female mentorship program.

As a player, Hollie represented Durham United FA (Pickering Football Club) as the Captain leading the team to its second League1 Ontario Championship in 2018. She is a great example for young female players too as she nurtures a positive and engaging environment wherever she goes.

“My goal is to create an enjoyable and positive environment for players of all ages and stages to develop, not only as players but as people. I want to inspire players around me to build confidence, courage, and character”.

For more information or details on the Grassroots program, please contact Hollie Babut, Grassroots Director via email.

Hollie's Achievements:

  • National B License
  • Female Grassroots Coach of the Year 2019
  • DUFA League1 Women's Champions 2018


  • Ontario Soccer Female Mentorship Program 2016
  • DUFA League1 AllStar 2015-2019
  • Professional contract with Sarpsborg 08 (Norway) 2015


  • Ashford University (full scholarship) 2010-2014:
    • 3 years as Captain 
    • 2x All American NAIA
    • Female Athlete of the Year 2012

Grassroots Coaching Staff

Competitive Boys U13 and up

Competitive Girls U13 and up

High Performance

Page Updated on: November 23, 2022