U.S. Soccer adds two full-time staff to USWNT: Ellie Maybury and Julian Haigh

Ellie Maybury and Julian Haigh, who have both been working at U.S. Soccer are joining U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski’s staff full-time as  Head of Performance and Sports Scientist, respectively.

Both have been overseeing the U.S. women's national team fitness since the latter part of 2019. Maybury, who like Haigh hails from England, joined U.S. Soccer full time in January 2016 as the lead sport scientist for all of the youth women's national teams, overseeing the sports science and physiological aspects of the USA’s eight women’s youth teams with emphasis on the U-17s and U-20s their World Cup cycles. Maybury will create overall day-to-day sport science and performance plans, including strength and conditioning and injury prevention, for the women's national team.  

In England, Maybury worked as a paramedic for two years in the West Midlands and four years for England FA and Birmingham Women FC.

Haigh has worked for U.S. Soccer as a sports scientist for three years, overseeing all NWSL clubs -- helping gather and analyze fitness and performance data of every player in the pro league -- and the U.S. U-23 women's national team. He will continue in his role with the NWSL while working with Maybury.

Haigh, who was born in Haigh was born in Boston before moving to England as a young child, worked five seasons in sports science and strength and conditioning with the Widnes Vikings in England’s professional rugby Super League.

“Ellie and Julian are highly motivated professionals with a passion for sports science and both have several years of experience working their way up through our youth national teams and the NWSL, respectively,” said USWNT general manager Kate Markgraf in a press release. “The physical training and monitoring of our players is tremendously important to how we play and paramount to maintaining our players’ health and well-being, especially coming out of the pandemic, when most of the players will have played significantly less games at the club and international level.

"With their individual and collective experience, they are vital in navigating the physical needs of our players to compete for world titles. We are privileged to add Ellie and Julian as full-time members of the senior national team staff.”

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