Greenville Triumph SC launches search for coach of women’s team
The Greenville Triumph SC has launched its search for a coach to lead the newly formed women’s soccer team and to develop opportunities to get women and young girls more deeply involved the sport.
The head coach/technical director of the as-yet unnamed women’s team will not only lead the day-to-day operations of the team but also take a lead role in the club’s youth programming, fan development and community relations initiatives. The full-time coach position will report to Club President Chris Lewis.
The women’s team will begin play in May 2022 as part of the USL’s W League. Announced in June, USL launched the W League as a force for societal good by creating a national platform to increase opportunity, gender equity and career development. More than half of the 30 teams expected to play in the first season have been announced, including Asheville, Wake (NC) FC, Chattanooga (TN), and Peachtree City (Atlanta).
“Women’s soccer has a rich history and a deep base of talent in Upstate South Carolina and the broader region,” said Doug Erwin, vice chairman and chief brand officer for the Triumph. “We’ve long recognized that, but it’s been underscored by the incredible candidates we’ve been in contact with during this coach search.”
Erwin said the team plans to hire a coach by the start of the year if not before and recruit a roster of players in early spring. The team name and branding will be announced later this year.
“We see this position being the first in a number of opportunities for women and girls in the Upstate to get more deeply involved with the game and our Club,” Lewis said. “We envision the women’s team serving as a platform for women and girls to get practical experience in sports while serving as a platform to launch careers as both athletes and front office executives.”
The USL W League is designed to provide an elite pre-professional pathway for women looking to build their careers both on and off the pitch.
The Greenville team will begin play at Legacy Early College, the home pitch of the Greenville Triumph men’s team. Once plans are finalized for a permanent stadium, both men’s and women’s teams will play there with equal facilities, space, and resources.
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