SEATTLE (December 4, 2014) – (club release) Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey has been named 2014 FA Coach of the Year, as well as FA Professional Game Female Elite Coach of the Year at the FA’s coaching awards at St George’s Park.
The prestigious ceremony hosted by The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club offers a chance to celebrate those who have made a real difference across grassroots and elite soccer in their communities. Winners consist of players, coaches, volunteers and clubs that work tirelessly to support the game of soccer.
“I greatly appreciate this honor and am pleased to accept this award on behalf of our entire team – assistant coaches, players, staff and everyone involved.” said head coach and general manager Laura Harvey.
Harvey, 34, guided Reign FC to a record-breaking season during which the club established a new NWSL single-season mark for points (54), wins (16), goal difference (+30), goals scored (50) and goals against average (0.83) on their way to claiming the 2014 NWSL Shield for the best regular-season record.
The Nuneaton, England native and her club were able to accomplish these feats just one year removed from finishing the 2013 NWSL season in seventh and missing out on the playoffs by 18 points.
In addition to the single-season marks, Harvey and Seattle also set new NWSL records for most consecutive wins, with seven straight victories from April 13 through May 14 to start the season.
Reign FC also established a new record for the most consecutive games without a loss as they went unbeaten in the first 16 matches of the year before a 1-0 loss on July 12 to the Chicago Red Stars at Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill.
That defeat and a 1-0 setback on the final day of the regular season against Portland Thorns FC were the only losses suffered all year by Harvey and Reign FC, who clinched the NWSL Shield with four games to play following a 4-1 road victory on July 30 over the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Harvey’s squad also finished the regular season with an undefeated 8-0-4 home record at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium this season.
“Laura has been a brilliant leader both on and off the field,” said Reign FC owner Bill Predmore. I am so happy that she has been recognized for her incredible work this season – it is a well-deserved honor and we feel lucky to have her as part of our organization.”
The FA Community Award winners were chosen by a National Award judging panel consisting of 1966 World Cup winner and McDonald’s Director of Football Sir Geoff Hurst, as well as the FA’s Director of Football Development, Sir Trevor Brooking.
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