Position: Goalkeeper Coach
Nicci Wright came to the Spirit ahead of the 2017 NWSL season. She has worked as U15-U19 Girls Director and Director of Goalkeeping at Arlington Soccer Association since 2013. The Duncan, British Columbia native has coached the Canadian U14-U20 WNTs as a goalkeeper and Assistant coach, including at a U17 Women’s World Cup and a U20 Women’s World Cup. She worked alongside Spirit head coach and general manager Jim Gabarra previously as an assistant coach for the Washington Freedom from 2007 to 2010. Wright holds her USSF “C” License and NSCAA National Diploma.
As a player, Wright earned 37 caps with the Canadian Women’s National Team and was a member of the 1999 Women’s World Cup team. She played for the Washington Freedom (WPS Founders Cup Champions), Alvik IK (Swedish Damallsvenska/Northern Sweden Footballer of the Year), and the Vancouver Whitecaps (W-League Finalists). Wright was the first soccer player, male or female, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Victoria (Canada).