Fresh off revealing their name and logo, the Seattle Reign wasted little time in naming former Arsenal Ladies boss Laura Harvey as their first-ever head coach on Friday. While Harvey may not be a household name around these parts, she comes to Seattle with an impressive resume, winning league titles in each of her three seasons at the helm.
Arsenal has historically been England's top women's club team, having won 38 major trophies, a tradition of success Harvey built upon. The 32-year-old led Arsenal to the last-ever Women's Premier League title after taking over midway through the 2009-10 and followed that up with a domestic treble in 2011, winning the inaugural FA WSL title, FA Cup and Continental Cup that year.
Harvey's most impressive season may have come this year, as Arsenal went undefeated (10-0-4) and finished with 34 points in 14 matches. They scored a league-high 39 goals in those matches, while allowing 18. The Arsenal Ladies have already qualified for the League Cup final against Birmingham City Ladies and are in the quarterfinals of the Women's Champions League.
“I’m excited for the new challenge ahead. After conversations with the General Manger and the Owner, the ambitions of the club were something that interested me in making the move,” commented new Reign FC Head Coach Laura Harvey via press release. “As a club we will be trying to establish ourselves as a leader within the new league, whilst trying to build a long term future for Seattle Reign FC. The future is an exciting one for everyone involved at Seattle Reign FC.”
Harvey will be joining the team in mid-January at about the time of the college draft.