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Laura Harvey Signs Contract Extension

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Reign FC head coach & general manager stays for four more years.

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Seattle Reign FC’s offseason news keeps on rolling as today the team announced that head coach and general manager Laura Harvey signed a four-year contract extension. The deal will keep Harvey in total control of the club through the 2020 season.

And there was much rejoicing.

As the team prepares for the 2017 season, its fifth, not much needs to be said about Harvey’s resume to warrant a contract extension like this. After the rough waters of finishing 7th in the inaugural season in 2013, the turnaround Harvey made with the roster and their performance on the field was night and day. She found her core from the inaugural roster in the form of Jess Fishlock, Keelin Winters, Lauren Barnes, Stephanie Cox, Elli Reed, Hope Solo, and Megan Rapinoe. The moves she made in the 2014 season are now part of lore to where a website was made (and still works) that monitors if Harvey has made a trade today. Yet all those moves paid off as the Reign came out the gates and became one of the powerhouse clubs in the NWSL, claiming the NWSL Shield for best regular season record in 2014 and 2015. Her efforts were recognized as she took the NWSL Coach of the Year awards those seasons as well as being a candidate for FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football.

Those seasons also saw the Reign FC playing for the NWSL Championship, though falling short both times to FC Kansas City.

“I am excited by the opportunity to achieve our ultimate goal — the NWSL Championship,” said head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “Bill and I share a vision for how best to build a championship-caliber team, so I thank him for his trust and support as we work towards that objective. We are an ambitious, relentless club that won’t be satisfied with anything less than a championship.”

The extension not only keeps the pursuit of the NWSL Championship possible in the immediate future but with the club establishing their youth academy this year, there’s potential for a Reign FC academy player to be coached by Harvey in a first team match someday.

“I believe Laura has demonstrated she is the best coach in women’s football,” said Seattle Reign FC owner Bill Predmore. “The results she has delivered on the pitch, her ability to attract world-class talent, and her unique gift for managing and inspiring players has made her a truly special leader for our club. Our ultimate objective remains the NWSL Championship — Laura is the best person to help us achieve that goal.”

The architect, the queen, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and that they intend to show that the disappointment of 2016 isn’t a sign of things to come. The 2017 NWSL season will be here before we know it and Reign FC fans were just assured that “In Harvey We Trust” is still very much something they can say.