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Scott Parkinson is OL Reign’s new assistant coach

Parkinson previously worked with Laura Harvey in Utah.

NWSL: NJ/NY Gotham FC at Chicago Red Stars Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

OL Reign announced on Tuesday that Scott Parkinson will join as the club’s new head assistant coach. Parkinson will fill a big hole left by longtime assistant Sam Laity, who became the Houston Dash head coach after 10 years with OL Reign.

This will be the second time that Parkinson has been on OL Reign head coach Laura Harvey’s coaching staff. The pair spent two seasons together when Harvey managed the Utah Royals in 2018 and 2019. They helped guide the Royals to 19 wins in those seasons. According to a profile on Parkinson by the Chicago Sun-Times, Harvey met Parkinson while she was still in her first stint with the Reign and offered him an assistant role in Seattle. The timing didn’t work, but the two were able to reconnect when she moved to Utah.

After Harvey’s departure from Utah in 2020, Parkinson served as the Royals’ head coach through the 2020 NWSL Draft before moving to Chicago as a Red Stars assistant coach.

“I’m so happy to be working alongside Scott again,” said Harvey in a team release. “He is passionate about player development and committed to supporting the players in this league. He is a great addition to our club.”

Parkinson was hired on as head coach for NJ/NY Gotham FC in August 2021, replacing Freya Coombe after she joined Angel City. He helped lead Gotham to the 2021 NWSL playoffs, the first time the club reached the postseason since 2013 — going undefeated in eight matches. Parkinson remained with the club in 2022, but he and the club agreed to mutually part ways in August after Gotham struggled to get results. While the results didn’t come, by all accounts Parkinson was a coach who was well-liked by players — with several Gotham players quote-tweeting his goodbye letter with kind words.

Parkinson, who hails from Liverpool, England, recently earned his USSF Pro coaching license, in addition to holding USSF A and UEFA B licenses. Prior to joining the NWSL, Parkinson served two years as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach for Rogers State University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Scott to OL Reign. He brings a wealth of coaching experience with him and has proven to be a positive influence, on and off the pitch,” said OL Reign general manager Nick Perera.

In a Twitter post, Parkinson expressed his excitement to be joining OL Reign. “What an honor it is to be part of the OL Reign organization and family,” he said. “This is a dream move for me. This city, this club, these players, the history of winning and playing great football — it’s a club I’ve wanted to coach at for years now. My heart is full, Seattle.”

Parkinson is set to join OL Reign immediately and will be present at the 2023 NWSL Draft in Philadelphia on January 12. In addition to Parkinson’s hire, Ride of the Valkyries sources indicate that the Reign are still looking for a second assistant coach to support the club.

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