Position: Assistant Coach
Former U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper and 2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Briana Scurry became the 1st Assistant Coach of the Washington Spirit and Technical Advisor for the Spirit Academy program in December 2017.
With an integral role on the team that set the standard for women’s soccer, Scurry is widely recognized as one of the world’s most talented and influential goalkeepers. Her 173 international appearances as one of the first African-American professional female soccer players helped significantly diversify the sport.
Scurry is a World Cup champion and two-time two Olympic gold medalist, having served as the United States’ starting goalkeeper during their championship runs at the 1996 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games. She played every minute in net during the team’s run to the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup title, and became a global icon for women’s soccer at the ‘99 World Cup Final, making the shootout save that set up teammate Brandi Chastain’s winning kick that vaulted the U.S. to victory against China.
Scurry, who played professionally for the Washington Freedom from 2009-2010 and resides in the D.C. area, was named an Honorary Captain for the Spirit in 2016, in recognition of her contributions as a mentor for current players and as an ambassador for women’s soccer. Off the field, Scurry has become one of the nation’s foremost thought leaders on traumatic brain injuries, ever since a concussion forced her to retire from professional soccer in 2010.
As one of the first African American and openly LGBT professional female soccer players, Scurry has championed diversity and equality throughout her legendary career. She is also a recipient of the the National Association of Black Journalists’ Sam Lacy Award, and is permanently featured at the Title IX exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.