seb hines joins pride staff

Orlando Pride Names Seb Hines to First Team Technical Staff

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 29, 2020) - Orlando Pride has hired Seb Hines as an assistant coach to join the technical staff of Head Coach Marc Skinner, the Club announced today.

“Seb is a wonderful addition to the Pride team. His playing experience in the Premier League and for Orlando City adds a greater breadth of skills to our coaching team. He is extremely well respected by the players and will provide high level insights to help the team progress towards our targets,” Skinner said. “Above all Seb possesses a team-first attitude and he showed this by assisting the club throughout the whole of last season. We are always looking for ways to develop a high-level support structure for our players and Seb is a key character within this plan.”

Following the completion of his playing career with Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer (MLS), Hines began working with the Pride coaching staff, helping with individualized training sessions and player scouting under both Skinner and former coach Tom Sermanni. 

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to start my professional coaching career as a member of the Pride staff and would like to thank the Club for the opportunity. Orlando has become home for me and my family and I’m very excited to be able to use my knowledge and experience to bring a championship to this Club and city,” Hines said. “To have the opportunity to work with a number of world-class athletes and a great technical staff is one that I do not take lightly and I look forward to seeing all that we can accomplish.”

The Wetherby, England native joined the Lions ahead of their inaugural campaign in 2015 on loan from English side Middlesbrough, debuting for City in its first MLS match against New York City FC on March 8, 2015. Following his loan expiration, his contract was extended by the Club for the remainder of the 2015 season. He would go on to appear in 32 matches in his two seasons with the Lions, netting four goals in that time.

Prior to his time in Orlando, Hines spent 10 years at Middlesbrough from 2005-15, making his first team debut on January 16, 2007 in the FA Cup Third Round against Hull City, a match in which he also scored his first professional goal. He would go on to make 69 appearances for Middlesbrough throughout his time there, scoring three goals.

While at Middlesbrough, Hines had three separate loan stints in addition to his initial loan with the Lions. In 2009, he was loaned to Derby County for one month followed by a subsequent loan to Oldham Athletic for the same duration. Hines would appear in four matches for Oldham before returning to his parent club upon expiration of the loan. In 2014, Hines joined English League One side Coventry City on loan, where he would register nine appearances. 

On the international stage, Hines represented The Three Lions at the U-16, U-17 and U-19 levels throughout his career, totaling 17 caps across all three teams. 

Hines is also currently a coach within the Orlando City Youth Soccer program.

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