In January Rhian took the role of No.2 to interim England Lionesses head coach Hege Riise.
The move ended a 20-year run as a player and coach with the Canada Women’s National team.
As a player, Wilkinson spent 15 years on the Women’s National Team and won the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Championship as well as back-to-back Olympic bronze medals in 2012 and 2016.
In all, she participated at four FIFA Women’s World Cups, three Olympic Football Tournaments and won medals at all six Concacaf tournaments and all three Pan American Games in which played. A six-time Québec Soccer Player of the Year, she made 181 international “A” appearances and recorded seven goals and 23 assists.
Upon her retirement as a player in 2017, she worked for Canada Soccer’s Elite Player Elite Coach programme, before serving as Head Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite program, which served as one of three Canada Soccer Super Excel Centres across the country.
Rhian was hired as Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Team Head Coach in August 2019. With the Women’s National Team, she was an Assistant Coach at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship and at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
Rhian majored in speech communication and English at the University of Tennessee and was the University of Tennesee’s Lady Vols’ Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2002.
She is also a graduate of the Fifa Coach Mentorship Programme, in which she was guided by a former England head coach Hope Powell.