Boyds, MD (December 14, 2017) – Washington Spirit Academy – Virginia Technical Director Tom Torres is set to take on an expanded role with the club, joining Jim Gabarra’s professional coaching staff ahead of the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League season.
Torres will continue to prioritize the Spirit Academy, while also serving as an assistant coach for the NWSL side, managing video analysis, and continuing to solidify the connection between the Development Academy and the pro and reserve teams.
“Tom joining the pro team staff adds a major resource for our players,” said Gabarra. “This is the next step in the development and improvement for both of our developmental academies. I look forward to working with Tom and helping him in his professional development.”
Torres, who has played and coached in the D.C. area for most of his life, joined the Spirit in March 2017 after a 10-year run with D.C. United Academy, where he was a driving force behind the growth of United’s U12-U15 Pre-Academy, as well as the club’s scouting and affiliate programs.
During his time with D.C. United, he also assisted with first team training at varying times, and has guided multiple players’ transitions from the Development Academy into Major League Soccer.
“I’m truly honored and grateful to Bill [Lynch], Jim [Gabarra] and Chris [Hummer] for the opportunity to contribute and continue to serve the club,” said Torres. “I look forward to working with an amazing group of people and to build upon our true pathway for the development of players in the area.”
Torres also served as the club’s tournament director and has led D.C. United Academy teams as head coach at the U15, U16, U18 and U23 Assistant levels at various points over the past decade. He holds a USSF ‘A’, UEFA ‘B’ and USC Advanced National coaching licenses, and has completed EFCL French FF coaching course.
The Spirit has announced two exhibition games which will be included in the club’s 2018 NWSL preseason schedule. Washington will return to Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, Va. for the second straight year on Saturday’s March 10 for a friendly against 22-time women’s college champion University of North Carolina. [TICKETS]
On March 17, the Spirit will host the first ever NWSL match played in Richmond, Va. when they face the North Carolina Courage at the historic City Stadium. Tickets for the game in Richmond will are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.
Washington Spirit 2018 Season Tickets are on sale now at Tickets.WashingtonSpirit.com.