ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2020) - Orlando Pride has exercised the contract options for Head Coach Marc Skinner and Assistant Coach Carl Green, which will see both contracts extended through the 2021 NWSL regular season, the Club announced today.
“We're currently in the process of establishing a high performing Pride organization that delivers results both on and off the field, and we’re pleased to have Marc and his staff continue leading this team,” Orlando Pride EVP Amanda Duffy said. “While this year has been unique, and we’ve experienced immensely difficult moments, Marc and Carl have proven to have a positive impact on the core of our roster and are an integral part of building the culture of our team to achieve much success. They each have built tremendous relationships and respect within our locker room, and we are excited to see the product of their work with the Pride next year.”
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to continue building what we started with the Pride. We have been working hard behind the scenes to develop a culture and ethos that fosters the growth and commitment needed to wear our iconic purple jersey,” Skinner said. “Our aims and objectives remain to support and develop our players, so that we can continue to achieve the high standards we expect of each other every single day. I look forward to working closely with Amanda, who is creating the structure needed to support our success on the field. To the fans, I hope to see you all in person soon enough as we continue driving our Club forwards.”
Skinner, 37, was named the Head Coach for the Pride on Jan. 14, 2019 from Birmingham City of the FA WSL. A UEFA “A” License holder, Skinner spent seven years in Birmingham before making the move to the Pride, serving in several different roles prior to taking over at the helm in December 2016, previously holding the position of the club’s Technical Director, Reserve Team Manager and First Team Goalkeeper Coach.
Green joined Skinner in making the move from Birmingham City, announced as the Pride’s Assistant Coach on Feb. 27, 2019. Prior to coming to Orlando, Green served on Skinner’s staff at Birmingham as the team’s Sports Scientist and Strength and Conditioning Coach, a role he occupied beginning in 2015. Green holds a UEFA “B” License.
The Pride continue play in the NWSL Fall Series on Saturday, Sept. 26, traveling to face the Challenge Cup Champion Houston Dash at BBVA Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET with the match available to stream live on Twitch. The Pride will then close out the Fall Series with two games at home, first hosting the Dash on Oct. 9 at Osceola County Stadium before welcoming the North Carolina Courage on Oct. 17 at Exploria Stadium.