He replaces Jim Gabarra, who took over the
Washington Spirit after spending the past three years as a top assistant for the New Jersey club. Gabarra, in turn, replaced Mark Parsons following his move to Portland.
Western New York is still without a coach following Aaran Lines' move into a front-office position. After no changes between the 2014 and 2015 season, five of the nine returning NWSL clubs will have a new head coach in 2016.
2016: NWSL Head Coaches:
TEAM 2016 COACH (2015 COACH)
Boston Matt Beard (Tom Durkin)
Chicago Rory Dames (Rory Dames)
Houston Randy Waldrum (Randy Waldrum)
FC Kansas City Vlatko Andonovski (Vlatko Andonovski)
Orlando Tom Sermanni-expansion team
Portland Mark Parsons (Paul Riley)
Seattle Laura Harvey (Laura Harvey)
Sky Blue FC Christy Holly (Jim Gabarra)
Washington Jim Gabarra (Mark Parsons)
WNY Flash TBD (Aaran Lines)
“We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Christy Holly to head coach of Sky Blue FC,” said co-owner Steven Temares in a statement. “Christy's character, leadership and experience with our team and the league, together with his interpersonal skills and training capabilities, make him the right coach for Sky Blue FC.”
Prior to serving as an assistant coach for Sky Blue FC, Holly served for two years as an assistant at Georgian Court University as well as previously coaching in the same capacity for the Sky Blue FC reserve team.
“I am excited to lead this exceptional group of players, on and off the field,” he said. “Through my years with Sky Blue FC, I have come to know our current players and the amazing talent and heart they possess. As a team, we will be looking to build on this tremendous foundation and supplement it with new talent to help us reach the next level."