Head Coach Amit Batra heads into his eighth season with a roster laden with talented players from across Canada as well as locally.
Taking over a program with six conference championships and a National Title to its credit in the nineties, he has rebuilt the program to become a contender for the AUS championship which has resulted in a semi-final and three finals appearance in the past four seasons.
The AUS Coach of the Year in 2015, Batra’s team 2017 season fell short in the AUS Final but qualified as hosts of the 2016 CIS Women's Soccer Championship November 10-13. After losing 1-0 to the UBC Thunderbirds in a tightly contested affair in front of over 2000 fans, the Axewomen went on to win their next two games at the National Championships defeating St. Francis Xavier and the University of Saskatchewan en route to a 5th place finish in the country.
As proud as he is of the on-field success he is even more proud of the recent accomplishments of the members of the Axewomen Soccer Program. The Axewomen regularly have nearly 15 players per year (with a record 19 players in 2014) recognized as Academic All-Canadians bringing to 88 total Academic All-Canadians during his tenure. The Axewomen have also had two student athletes recognized as a Top-Eight Academic All Canadian in the Country with the Governor General’s Award.
The team has had significant contributions in the community as well which have been recognized at the AUS level for four consecutive years with an Acadia women’s varsity soccer player being honoured with the Community Service Award. Three of those four years the CIS has also recognized an Acadia AxeWoman Soccer player at the National level with the CIS Community Service Award.
On the field Batra’s team has had Nine AUS All-Stars in the past two seasons and three CIS All Canadians including one conference MVP.
Prior to taking over the reins at Acadia in 2010, Batra spent two seasons with the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics women's soccer program. While there, the Mystics posted only one regular season loss in two years and finished the 2009 season undefeated.
Named as the 2009 Atlantic College Athletic Association and Canadian College Athletic Association women's soccer Coach of the Year, Batra's Mystics captured the 2009 ACAA Championship and earned a spot at the CCAA National Championship
Batra's coaching at the grass roots is extensive as a holder of a Canadian Soccer Association National B License. As the Technical Director of Dartmouth United for three years from 2005 to 2007, Amit also was the Halifax East and Halifax West Regional Training Centre Head Coach for Soccer Nova Scotia. In 2005 and 2006, Batra coached the Under 13 and Under 14 Boys Provincial teams. In 2012 he spent one year as Assistant Coach with the Men's Canada Games team before other career commitments required him to step away from that role.
For nearly 10 years, Amit played in the NSSL Premiership for Forest Hills United under former Acadia men's head coach John Kehoe and for the Dartmouth United Club until 2004.