Women’s World Cup champion Briana Scurry is joining the Washington Spirit coaching staff, the club announced Wednesday. Scurry will be first assistant coach for the Spirit and the technical advisor for the Spirit Academy in Maryland and Virginia.
“I’ve always been a loyal fan of the Washington Spirit and now I have the wonderful opportunity to truly be a part of the team,” Scurry said in a Washington Spirit news release. “I’m excited to bring my experiences and knowledge to our players, and to contribute in an effective and positive manner to the culture of the team and organization as a whole.”
The former U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame this year. She won two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2004) and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999. She competed in the WUSA as a member of the Atlanta Beat and spent two WPS seasons with the Washington Freedom.
“We could not possibly be more excited and grateful to have Bri join our Spirit family,” Spirit head coach and general manager Jim Gabarra said in the release. “Bri brings an immense level of resources and experience that will help our players grow and develop. I look forward to working with her and helping her in her own personal growth and development.”
Scurry joins the Spirit coaching staff following the departure of Denise Reddy, who left last month to become head coach of Sky Blue FC.