The Washington Spirit Development Academy added four coaches to its training staff, including former USWNT midfielder Lori Lindsey, the club announced on Monday.
The 2017-2018 U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy season will be the first for the club.
In addition to Lindsey, the Spirit also hired Virginia Academy Director Tom Torres as well as area youth coaches George Hales, Gary Malebranche and Kayley Sullivan.
“We are extremely excited to have assembled a working group that is committed to player development,” Torres said in a statement. “These coaches are dedicated to the Washington Spirit mission to develop, support, challenge and inspire world class players in a professional environment.”
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In addition to her duties with the USWNT, Lindsey made 43 National Women’s Soccer League appearances with the Washington Spirit from 2013-2014, as well as 47 appearances with the Washington Freedom from 2006-2009. She earned 31 caps with the USWNT from 2005-2012.
Lindsey will be the Strength and Conditioning Director/Assistant Coach at the academy. Hales will be the U-18/19 coach, Torres will be in charge of the U-16/17 clubs and U-14 clubs, while Malebranche will be at the helm of the U-15 squad. Sullivan will be an assistant coach.
Full coaching staff and roster announcements will be made by the club in the coming weeks.