NWSL: Racing Louisville makes familiar pick for first head coach

Racing Louisville FC, which will begin play in the NWSL in 2021, has named Christy Holly as its head coach.

Holly served as the head coach at Sky Blue FC in 2016 and part of the 2017 season before joining U.S. Soccer, where he served as an advance scout, providing analysis of U.S. opponents.

"His experience with U.S. Soccer, of helping the national team, the experience writing all of the different reports for all the opponents and all of the players that the U.S. national team would play against, it’s an incredible skillset that he’s been able to tap into," said James O'Connor, Racing Louisville's executive vice president of development.

Holly first came to the United States in his youth when he was a star swimmer in Northern Ireland. He came to work in the United States in 2012 to work for Global Premier Soccer, which closed down in June after its parent company entered into bankruptcy.

Louisville will join the NWSL as its 10th team. Of the league's 10 head coaches, nine are men and eight hail from the United Kingdom. The only woman is Sky Blue FC's Freya Coombe. Rory Dames (Chicago Red Stars) is the lone American-born coach, while Farid Benstiti arrived from France this winter to coach OL Reign.

The 35-year-old Holly is engaged to former U.S. national team captain Christie Pearce Rampone.

3 comments about "NWSL: Racing Louisville makes familiar pick for first head coach".
  1. R M, August 13, 2020 at 12:57 p.m.

    @PT...your stats are garbage and frankly don't even prove your original point for the kneeling, which was supposedly about "police brutality". Shoot, BLM didn't even start because of "police brutality" it started because of T. Martin's death at the hands of a citizen, not a cop. That's the problem with BLM the organization and the movement you support. It's all over the place and even its supporters don't know what it stands for anymore and those that do and continue to say it about police brutality have their heads in the sand or are intentionally dishonest. It's clear that whatever you are reading  or watching is actually singularly focused. Have you even read the BLM site or listened to its chapter leaders around the globe in their protests?? Most of what the BLM leadership says could arguably be considered "crap" so it's not surprising when people boo when players are kneeling for a movement that represents radical ideology on so many levels. And since you brought up "Marxist"....yeah there are a few of them in the mix at BLM Chapters, if you don't believe me just ask them. While you're at look up what Marxism is and what it meant while you root for the removal of the national anthem at games...how ironic! lol

  2. Ric Fonseca replied, August 13, 2020 at 4:26 p.m.

    It is very interesting what you say about Marxism.  However, historically true Marxism, just like socialism and communism that have some of Marxist ideology, hasn't taken a firm foothold (other than in china and North Korea.)  Look what is happening in Venezuela, and now in Nicaragua: nothing much.

    But I have a question to one and all:  do you know, or does someone out there, know the history of Francis Scott Keye's origin of the national anthem?  It is my understanding that it, the music, is based on an old English drinking song, and the words were added on by the author during the "Second Wr of Independence," (for those of you who don't know, the War of 1812 was named the "Second War of Independence," but I digress, yet I'd recommend that you all take a course on US History, from the Colonial period to the end of the Civil War.

    And btw, I am an immigrant (Mexico), a Veteran (High School ROTC, Navy/Army), and a naturalized US Cicizen.  I served before I became a citizen, and believe you me, in the one-year I was with the Army in South Korea (about 15 miles south of the DMZ) no one questioned my loyalty to the U.S., but they did question my heritage and that of Puerto Rican comrades in arms, as well as other Latinos that'd been drafted.  So it was OK to be drafted if a Brown or Black comrade in arms, and it was OK to also get berated by good ole boy red- necks.  There's more to talk about, but won't at this time!  PLAY ON!!!

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, August 17, 2020 at 10:08 p.m.

    War of 1812; Sept. 13/14 1814 ... Francis Scott Key was a American Lawyer,  out on a British Ship in "Baltimore Harbor", Negotiating a Prisoner Swap,  as the British Ships Bombarded Ft McHenry in Preparation Of Capturing the City, with an Amphibious Landing... 1800~ "CanonBalls" where Shot at the Fort, the Smaller Storm Flag was Flown overnight during the Bombardment, it was Taken Down at some point  in The AM and the Larger "Star Spangled Banner" was Raised, as it was each Morning, for Revilee ... it's Huge 30x42 feet originally... 

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