BOYDS, MD (April 27, 2017) – The Washington Spirit – Baltimore Armour U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy program has announced its first four coaching placements for the inaugural 2017-2018 season.
Washington Spirit First Assistant Coach and Maryland Development Academy Technical Director Denise Reddy’s staff will feature several coaches who have played at the highest levels of the game, including for the U.S. Men’s National Team and the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team. In addition to some illustrious playing careers, the staff coaches bring with them a track record of success at the youth level.
“I am very excited to announce the addition of these top level coaches to our Maryland Development Academy staff,” Reddy said. “Every one of these coaches brings expertise and a wealth of coaching experience. We will draw on their impressive amount of pro and international playing experience to create a professional environment within the Academy.”
Bonnie Young, a former professional player and assistant coach with the National Women’s Soccer League’s Chicago Red Stars, will serve as head coach of the Spirit – Baltimore Armour U-18/19 squad. Young had an outstanding college career at Penn State, before going on to play professionally for the New York Power, New Jersey Wildcats, Sky Blue FC and the Chicago Red Stars. Young has more than a decade of coaching experience, highlighted by a five- year tenure at Monmouth University and eight years as Director of Coaching for Illinois-based youth club Naperville Soccer Association.
Pipeline Soccer Club Director of Coaching Danny Skelton and Pipeline SC co-founder Santino Quaranta will pair up to coach the Spirit – Baltimore Armour U-15 team.
Skelton, who has successfully developed and managed Pipeline’s core coaching curriculum for all players ages 7-18 since 2011, will be the Spirit – Baltimore Armour U-15 head coach. Following a four-year playing career at Towson University and one season with Crystal Palace USA, Skelton has now spent more than a decade coaching some of the top players in the Baltimore area, at the high school, club and amateur levels.
Quaranta, a former U.S. Men’s National Team player and Major League Soccer standout, will be the Spirit – Baltimore Armour U-15 assistant coach. Quaranta was drafted No. 8 overall in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft at age 16, becoming the youngest player at the time to enter the league. He scored 25 goals during his MLS career with D.C. United, LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls. He also earned 15 caps with the U.S. National Team, scoring a goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Honduras.
While coaching at Pipeline, Quaranta and Skelton’s youth teams have risen to national prominence in recent years, winning titles in the Maryland State Cup, Disney Soccer Showcase, US Youth Soccer National Championships and other prestigious events.
Spirit first team assistant coach and Spirit Reserves head coach Kati Jo “KJ” Spisak will serve as the goalkeeper coach for all of the club’s Development Academy teams in Maryland. Spisak was a three-time All-American goalkeeper at Texas A&M University before going on to play at the next level, making 20 appearances with the Washington Freedom from 2007-2009 as part of the W-League and the premier season of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). She went on to join Saint Louis Athletic and the Boston Breakers to continue her WPS career, and in 2014 she made an appearance on the Spirit’s NWSL roster as a reserve goalkeeper. Spisak played international soccer for the U.S. Women’s National Teams at the U-21 and U-23 levels. She helped guide the U-21 side to a Nordic Cup title in 2004.
The full Washington Spirit – Baltimore Armour coaching staff for the inaugural U.S. Soccer Girls’ DA season will be announced in May.
Washington Spirit – Baltimore Armour Girls’ DA Coaching Staff
Technical Director – Denise Reddy
U-18/19 Head Coach – Bonnie Young
U-15 Head Coach – Danny Skelton
U-15 Assistant Coach – Santino Quaranta
Goalkeepers Coach – KJ Spisak
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON SPIRIT DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
The Washington Spirit will operate two U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy programs when the nation’s top league and development program for female players kicks off in Fall 2017. The Spirit will offer a Development Academy program in both Northern Virginia and Maryland, with each fielding U-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19 teams. Teams will be made up of top female players we believe to have the talent and commitment to be successful players in college, youth international, professional, and even the full U.S. Women’s National Team. For more information, visit www.washingtonspirit.com/da and follow @washspirityouth on Twitter.