Position: Head Coach
Jim Gabarra became general manager and head coach of the Washington Spirit ahead of the 2016 NWSL season. Formerly the head coach for Sky Blue FC, Gabarra earned a record of 24-22-21 over the three first seasons in the NWSL.
Gabarra started with Sky Blue FC coaching the team in the WPS in 2011 before leading them into the inaugural season of the NWSL. He earned a 24-22-20 record (W-L-T) in three seasons from 2013-2015, including qualifying for the playoffs in 2013. As part of his affiliation with Sky Blue FC, the Key West, Florida native also coached the New Jersey Wildcats in the USL W-League in 2012.
Gabarra, who spent 10 years in the DC area coaching the Washington Freedom, led the Freedom to back-to-back appearances in the WUSA Championship in 2002 and 2003, winning in 2003. After WUSA folded, he coached the Freedom to a USL W-League Championship in 2007. Gabarra also led the Washington Freedom to two consecutive appearances in WPS playoffs in 2009 and 2010.
In five professional seasons in the Washington D.C. area, Gabarra was in the playoffs four times and won one Championship. He is the only person who has coached in every season that there has been a professional women’s league in the United States.
As a player, Gabarra earned 14 caps with the US Men’s National Team, including an appearance in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.