Women's Football

Casey Stoney named first head coach of NWSL side San Diego

Lizzy Becherano
Casey Stoney during Manchester United v Leicester City
Casey Stoney during Manchester United v Leicester City / Lewis Storey/Getty Images

Former Manchester United Women head coach Casey Stoney has been appointed manager of new NWSL expansion team San Diego.

Stoney will be the first to lead the team as San Diego debuts in the National Women’s Super League next season. San Diego president and former USWNT head coach Jill Ellis made the announcement on Wednesday following the addition of Molly Downtain as new general manager.

The club was announced as the league’s 12th member last month, one of two new expansion teams set to join in 2022 alongside Angel City in Los Angeles.

“Casey is one of the most decorated, distinguished and talented English players of all-time and has transitioned seamlessly in her role as a manager," said San Diego NWSL President Jill Ellis.

"She immediately turned Manchester United Women Football Club into respected contenders and established herself as one of the top managers in the league. Casey has all of the qualities we want in our manager and she is fully committed to making San Diego NWSL a globally-successful club and brand led by powerful and talented women.

"We are thrilled to secure her as our manager and look forward to what she will bring to our club and city.”

As the first ever Manchester United Women’s head coach, Stoney inspired the team to the 2018/19 Football Association Women's Championship title. She continued to coach United to two consecutive top four finishes in the Women’s Super League before hopping over the pond to lead San Diego.

Casey Stoney
Stoney during her time at Manchester United / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Prior to a managerial position, Stoney represented the England women’s national team. She recorded 130 appearances, featuring in the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments from 2001 to 2017. During her club career, she represented Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Charlton Athletic and Lincoln.

"I am extremely excited and motivated to lead San Diego NWSL on the field next season and beyond," Stoney said. "Jill and this ownership group are deeply committed to building a world-class club both on and off the field and I look forward to being a part of creating our culture and style of play as a team."