Former Captain Cat Whitehill Joins as Assistant Coach and Club Ambassador
Soccer News from the NWSL – The Boston Breakers announced the hiring of former captain Cat Whitehill as assistant coach and club ambassador.
Whitehill, who retired from professional soccer on May 28, 2015, played four seasons in Boston (2012-2015), logging 5,359 minutes in 61 games (60 starts). Whitehill served as team captain, and she held the role as player/coach during the second half of the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League season. Whitehill joins the Breakers coaching staff that includes head coach Matt Beard, assistant coach Doc Simpson, and goalkeeper coach Ashley Phillips.
“I am very excited to be bringing Cat back to the club in a coaching and ambassador capacity. As a player, Cat showed her ability and understanding of the game for many years at the top level,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “That kind of experience, her competitive mindset, and her being an ultimate professional on and off the field will only benefit our group of players. It was also important for us to add another female to the coaching team and as part of our business team. I am very excited to see what we can accomplish with Cat as part of our organization.”
A 2004 Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Whitehill was capped 134 times for her country. She scored 11 goals during her international career, which began on July 6, 2000, vs. Italy. She scored her first international goal on March 17, 2001, vs. Norway.
“I’m so happy to be back with the Breakers organization in a new role. I’ve wanted to get into coaching for some time, and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to take this step as a part of the Breakers family,” Whitehill said. “I look forward to learning from Matt (Beard), the other coaches, and the players. Furthermore, I am excited to help us capture a playoff spot and build towards a championship.”
In her role as Boston Breakers club ambassador, Whitehill will help the organization expand its brand, footprint, and partners and sponsors.
“Her experience and success as a player gives a different perspective to the usual business side of meetings,” Billiard said. “Cat can really speak on behalf of players and women’s sports, which is a great change and different dynamic.”
The Boston Breakers make their 2016 home debut on Sunday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. ET against Seattle Reign FC. Single-game and season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or visiting http://www.breakerstickets.com
Source: NWSL (nwslsoccer.com)