TUKWILA, WA—(club release) With the ever changing women’s soccer landscape in the United States, one piece will stay constant this spring as the Sounders Women will again field a very competitive team while helping develop the top local amateur players and the top amateur players from across the United States and abroad. Kim Calkins will be the new head coach for the Sounders Women with former head coach, Hubert Busby Jr., taking on the role of Technical Director for the club. Busby will continue in his Whatcom Technical Director role while coaching the Jamaican U20 National Team and assisting with the Jamaican U15, U17, and senior teams respectively. Calkins has added Tim Reynolds as an assistant coach along with Scott Ford. Haley Kopmeyer will train the goalkeepers as she plays through her professional season with the Seattle Reign.
Tim Reynolds is widely regarded as one of the region’s top coaches on the girl’s side and he was recently announced to the Seattle Reign Academy coaching staff for 2016. Reynolds coaching resume is impressive with experience in both Great Britain and in the United States. He most recently led his Crossfire ECNL team to the National Championship Game. Tim holds a EUFA B License, the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and an FA Coaching certificate.
“The Sounders organization is synonymous with community, success, and professionalism and I am honored to be a part of the Sounders Women coaching staff for the 2016 season,” said Reynolds, “I am looking forward to the challenge of working with some of the most competitive young women in our region and assisting them in reaching their goals while continuing to help grow the women’s game in our state.”
Scott Ford is a USSF A license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma coach with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Coaching and Development. He also holds the BTEC National Diploma in Sports Development and Fitness. He is currently a head coach at Washington Premier FC and works with Calkins as a Head Coach with the Washington State EPD program.
“I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to join the Sounders Women team. I have had the pleasure of coaching with Kim Calkins over a number of years and share her passion and love for the game,” says Ford, “Having the chance to work with talented, committed athletes and some of Washington’s finest coaches in Kim and Tim is a wonderful opportunity to help me grow as a coach. I look forward to helping the team continue its recent success and having a successful 2016 season.”
Haley Kopmeyer comes to the Sounders Women while still pursuing her own professional playing career. The 2015 W-League Goalkeeper of the Year, Kopmeyer played this past year for the Brisbane Roar FC in Australia where she earned the goalkeeping honor.
Kopmeyer was an All American at the University of Michigan and now coaches at Cascade FC and with the Eagle Claw Soccer Club. She will play for the Seattle Reign and will train with long time Sounders player and coach Ben Dragavon. Kopmeyer will look to pass her knowledge on to the young goalkeepers looking to make the jump as she has.
“Being in the business of soccer, I view this opportunity with the Sounders Women as an incredible opportunity,” Kopmeyer says, “I look forward to the challenge of helping the next generation of goalkeepers take aim toward the pro’s.”
The Sounders Women have served as a launch pad to the highest levels of women’s soccer. With Busby Jr.and Calkins leading a very experienced and diverse group of coaches, the Player First Initiative at the club will again be prevalent as the 2016 WPSL season kicks off very soon.
“We are very pleased to have Kim join our club this year. Along with Tim, Scott, and Haley, they will continue to uphold the standards and development philosophy established by the club. I look forward to working with them to build and create a competitive roster that our supporters have come to expect from the organization,” finished Busby Jr.
The Sounders Women kick off the 2016 campaign against the Washington State Cougars on April 16th at 1pm at Liberty High School in Renton. The WPSL season starts on May 22nd as the Women take on Vancouver at 12pm at Starfire Stadium. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.sounderswomen.com.