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Leesburg, VA., (08/20/21) – The Washington Spirit are proud to announce that legendary soccer coach Anson Dorrance will become an advisor to the Spirit owners, investors, and team.
Dorrance is currently the head coach of the University of North Carolina women’s soccer program, a position he has held since the program’s inception in 1979. Over that period, Dorrance has won an astounding 21 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championships. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year a record five times and built the Tar Heels into one of the winningest programs in NCAA soccer and all of college sports.
Spirit Managing Partner Steve Baldwin had this to say about the addition of Dorrance: “We are thrilled to welcome Anson Dorrance to the Spirit family. Anson brings a reputation, track record, and network in the game of soccer that is second to none.”
Added Investor Devin Talbott: “I was fortunate to recently get to know Anson. And when he agreed to provide our team with counsel, I could not say ‘yes” fast enough. Our goal is for the Spirit to win championships and reach the highest level of women’s professional soccer, and Anson’s vision for and expertise in the game is a welcome addition to our effort.”
A former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach, Dorrance led the USWNT to its first World Cup championship. Dorrance is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and he has coached some of the most successful players in US women’s soccer history.
“I have admired what the Washington Spirit has been building and have a vested interest in the advancement of the NWSL and women’s soccer more broadly,” said Dorrance. “I have been impressed by their players and the new investment and initiative behind the Spirit. I am proud to have the opportunity to continue to contribute to the growth of the women’s game both through my Tar Heels and now through this engagement with the Spirit.”