Casey Stoney, the former manager of Manchester United Women, has been named the new manager of the San Diego NWSL, the club announced on Wednesday.
Stoney will become the expansion team’s first head coach, with the club poised to compete in the National Women’s Super League for the first time next season. Last month, the club was named the league’s 12th franchise, joining Angel City in Los Angeles as one of two expansion teams for the 2022 season.
Former US Women’s National Team coach and San Diego team president Jill Ellis, who was hired last month, announced Stoney’s appointment.
“Casey is one of the most decorated, distinguished and talented English players of all-time and has transitioned seamlessly in her role as a manager,” Ellis said in a statement.
“She immediately turned Manchester United Women Football Club into respected contenders and established herself as one of the top managers in the league.
“Casey has all of the qualities we want in our manager and she is fully committed to making San Diego NWSL a globally-successful club and brand led by powerful and talented women. We are thrilled to secure her as our manager and look forward to what she will bring to our club and city.”
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