Yamaguchi will serve as Assistant Coach/Player Development Coach
Washington, D.C. (04/04/2023) – The Washington Spirit has added to its technical staff with the hiring of Mami Yamaguchi as an assistant coach, the club announced today. Yamaguchi arrives in DC after most recently serving as an assistant coach with Detroit City FC.
Yamaguchi’s soccer experience spans a very successful playing career in addition to her recent coaching positions. As a player, she appeared in 18 matches for the Japan Women’s National Team, scoring eight goals. Yamaguchi played professionally for over a decade across top-tier leagues in Japan, the United States and Sweden, appearing in over 130 club matches.
“I am very excited to be part of a club that strives to build and achieve excellence,” said Yamaguchi. “One of my roles is to train and develop the players who stay home when the team travels so we continue to strive to be the best versions of ourselves and have the best squad depth we can. I’m looking forward to working with world-class players and staff members.”
Originally from Nishitokyo, Japan, Yamaguchi attended Florida State University from 2005 to 2007 before turning pro. She played three seasons with the Seminoles, winning college soccer’s most prestigious award, the MAC Hermann Trophy, in 2007. Yamaguchi joins Head Coach Mark Parsons’ staff that includes Assistant Coach Angela Salem, Director of Player Personnel/Assistant Coach Mike Bristol and Player Development Coach Morinao ‘Ima’ Imaizumi.
“Mami is a very important addition to our staff,” said Head Coach Mark Parsons. “She will have a big hand in helping our players take the next step in their individual development both on and off the pitch. We are looking forward to Mami adding another element to our abilities as a coaching staff.”
About The Washington Spirit
The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Launched in 2012, the Spirit plays in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit WashingtonSpirit.com and follow the club on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.