Sky Blue FC’s New Head Coach
On November 15, Sky Blue FC announced New Jersey native, Denise Reddy, as the new team’s head coach.
“Words cannot describe how excited and honored I am to be the Head Coach of Sky Blue FC,” Reddy stated. “This is where my coaching career started, and it feels great to be back in Jersey and be part of such a professional organization. I am looking forward to starting this journey with such top-class players and cannot wait to get on the pitch.”
Reddy played internationally for over 10 years. She comes back to Sky Blue FC after building up coaching experience in countries like Sweden and Denmark. Most recently, she was an assistant coach for the Washington Spirit.
“We are thrilled that Denise has agreed to join our organization,” said Steven Temares, Sky Blue FC co-owner. “Her diverse experience, passion and approach to the game are a wonderful fit. We strongly believe Denise is the right person to provide our players with the development, preparation and leadership they deserve. And we look forward to the upcoming season.”
Reddy’s Soccer Career
Reddy’s soccer career flourished in college when she played for Rutgers University. Her first coaching experience took place in New Jersey in 2007. She was one of the original coaches when Sky Blue FC was known as Jersey Sky Blue.
“Denise is a Jersey Girl who brings a wealth of knowledge and professional experience to Sky Blue FC,” said Tony Novo, Sky Blue FC President & General Manager. “She has been a part of the fabric that is New Jersey soccer for many years, and she also brings a coaching outlook that holds various elements from throughout the world. We strongly feel that Denise is the perfect candidate to assume leadership of Sky Blue FC, and we are very excited to see what the future holds with her.”
Sky Blue FC finished the 2017 season without a head coach. On August 16, 2017, Christy Holly had resign, leaving the position vacant. The four assistant coaches at the time, Jill Loyden, Maria Dorris, David Hodgson and Paul Greig, helped leading the team for the remainder of the season.
The NWSL College Draft will be on Thursday, January 18 in Philadelphia, PA. This is going to be one of Reddy’s first official appearances with Sky Blue FC.