Olympic gold medalist Amanda Cromwell joined the Pride coaching staff in December 2021, becoming the third head coach in Club history.
Cromwell joined the Pride from collegiate powerhouse University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she led the Bruins to the 2013 NCAA Championship, three College Cup appearances, seven Sweet 16 appearances, and four Pac-12 team titles. In addition to the 2013 Championship, which led to a 2014 Soccer America Coach of the Year honor, Cromwell also guided the Bruins to the 2017 College Cup Final, ultimately falling to Stanford, in a match played at Exploria Stadium. Cromwell was also named Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2020. Since joining UCLA in 2013, 20 of Cromwell’s Bruins have been selected in the NWSL Draft, including the Pride’s 2021 First Round pick Viviana Villacorta.
Prior to the move to Los Angeles, Cromwell spent 14 seasons in Orlando as the head coach at the University of Central Florida. With the Knights, Cromwell led the team to four Atlantic Sun Tournament championships, four Conference USA regular-season titles, the 2012 C-USA tournament title and 11 NCAA tournament appearances, becoming the Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2009.
Over a highly-respected 25-year head coaching tenure at the collegiate ranks, the Annandale, Va. native compiled a .719 winning percentage.
Cromwell began her coaching career as an assistant at her alma mater, the University of Virginia, in 1992 before taking her first head coaching position at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1996.
As a player, Cromwell earned 55 caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1991-98, where she was also a member of the 1995 bronze medal-winning squad and an alternate on the 1996 gold medal team at the Atlanta Olympic Games.
At the club level, Cromwell was an integral part in the establishment of women’s professional soccer in the United States, playing for the Washington Freedom, Atlanta Beat and San Jose CyberRays of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA). Collegiately with the Cavaliers, Cromwell captained her team to the 1991 NCAA Final Four and was a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist that same season.
First Assistant Coach
Sam Greene joined the Pride in January 2022, appointed as the First Assistant on Amanda Cromwell’s staff. In this role, Greene will work primarily as an offensive strategist, game analyst and talent acquisition advisor.
A USSF “A” licensed coach, Greene comes to Orlando after nine seasons under Cromwell at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While on staff, Greene helped the Bruins to their 2013 NCAA Championship, four Pac-12 titles, three NCAA final fours and served as the recruiting coordinator for two No. 1 ranked classes for the Bruins in 2020 and 2022.
As a player, Greene enjoyed a standout career at Northwestern University, where she finished her career ranked fourth on Northwestern’s career and single-season assists lists and fifth on the career games played list. She graduated from Northwestern in 2011 with a degree in Learning and Organizational Change.
Assistant and Player Development Coach
U.S. Women’s National Team legend Michelle Akers joined the Pride in January 2022, named as an Assistant and Player Development Coach. In this role, Akers will serve in a player development and mentorship role while also assisting with community outreach.
Named FIFA Co-Player of the Century and a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, Akers joins the Pride staff as one of the most decorated players in American soccer history.
As a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1985-2000, Akers finished her U.S. career with 153 caps and 103 goals, retiring as the nation’s second all-time leading scorer behind only Mia Hamm (158). In addition to leading the U.S. to World Cup titles in 1991 and 1999, Akers won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta while also helping the USWNT to three CONCACAF Championships.
At the collegiate level, Akers enjoyed a decorated career at the University of Central Florida (UCF), earning All-American honors in each of her four years and finishing her collegiate career as the Knights’ all-time leading scorer.
Hines was named as an assistant coach on Amanda Cromwell’s staff ahead of the 2022 NWSL season, having been an assistant under each of the Pride’s prior head coaches —Tom Sermanni, Marc Skinner and interim head coach Becky Burleigh. The Wetherby, England native will work as an opponent scout analyst while helping to strategize on the defensive side of the ball and with set pieces.
Following the completion of a respected playing career with Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer (MLS) and abroad, Hines joined the Pride coaching staff, helping with individualized training sessions and player scouting under both Sermanni and Skinner.
Hines 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 playing 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.
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.
Aline Villares Reis
Brazil national team goalkeeper and University of Central Florida product Aline Villares Reis was named goalkeeper coach for the Orlando Pride in January 2022.
A 2018 Copa America Champion, Reis joined the Pride following an accomplished playing career in between the sticks. Following her collegiate career, the UCF-alum enjoyed stints playing in Finland, Brazil and Hungary before joining Spanish top Division side UDG Tenerife in 2018. Reis started 84 times for Tenerife, retiring as the international player with the most starts and games in the Primeira Iberdrola.
As a member of the Brazilian national team, Reis was rostered for both the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, as well as the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, tallying 15 caps since 2016. She served as the UCLA goalkeeper coach under Cromwell from 2013-16 after playing for her at UCF. As a Knight, Reis was named an All-American as a freshman in 2008, as well as UCF’s #1 Player in the C-USA era.