VP of Soccer Operations & General Manager
Haley Carter was named the VP of Soccer Operations and General Manager, a newly-created and elevated executive leadership position within the Club, ahead of the 2023 NWSL season.
Reporting directly to ownership, Carter oversees all elements of Pride Soccer Operations, including the coaching staff, scouting and analytics department, sports performance and nutrition, and player care. In addition, Carter’s role will be integral in liaising with the front office to grow and develop the Pride on the business side.
Carter is a former professional player, business executive, coach, licensed attorney, and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. A certified professional soccer scout, Carter holds Level I and II Talent Identification certification through the Professional Football Scouts Association, and served as Chair of the Women’s Coaches Community for United Soccer Coaches from 2019 to 2023. She was honored with the association’s President’s Award in both 2019 and 2022 and given a Certificate of Appreciation in 2023.
Most notably, she served as an Assistant Coach for the Afghanistan Women’s National Team and as a goalkeeper coach for the Antigua and Barbuda Women’s National Team. The Texas native also had assistant coaching stints at Huston-Tillotson University, Sam Houston State, and the University of Houston.
Following her playing career, Carter returned to the Dash, serving as a consultant for the club’s scouting and recruitment in 2019.
Off the field, Carter is passionate and active in social and women’s equity causes. In 2021, Carter was critical in evacuating over 100 people from Kabul, Afghanistan, including members and families of the national team she coached, who were at-risk due to the Taliban takeover.
The Orlando Pride announced the promotion of Seb Hines to Head Coach on Nov. 11, 2022.
Prior to that, Hines served 15 games as the interim Head Coach during the 2022 campaign, after spending eight years combined as a member of the Orlando Pride and Orlando City SC family.
A former defender in the English Premier League, Hines was named the Club’s interim head coach on June 7, 2022. During that time, the Pride went on a seven-game unbeaten run from July 3 to Aug. 20, and saw increases in the team’s averages on shots, shot on target and passing accuracy, as well as three total clean sheets.
A native of Wetherby, England, the defender first came to Orlando in 2015, playing three seasons with Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer. Following his retirement, Hines began shadowing former Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni in 2018 and continued as a volunteer assistant over the next two seasons, ultimately hired as a full-time assistant under Marc Skinner in 2020.
In September of 2022, Hines earned his USSF A License, which he completed while serving as the team’s interim head coach.
At the time of his interim appointment, Hines became the first Black head coach in the NWSL and has since made history as the league’s first-ever Black full-time head coach
First Assistant Coach
Giles Barnes was brough onto the Pride coaching staff following the appointment of Head Coach Seb Hines ahead of the 2023 season. Barnes served as Hines’ interim assistant during the final 15 games of the 2022 campaign.
Barnes made his professional debut as a 17-year-old and spent four years with England-based side Derby County as a consistent starter during their time in the Premier League. Following his stint with Derby County, he then helped West Bromwich Albion gain promotion to the Premier League where he played for them until transferring to Doncaster Rovers FC.
Barnes transitioned to Major League Soccer in the United States in 2012 after signing with the Houston Dynamo. He played for a few different MLS teams before being traded to Orlando City in 2017. He would go on and appear in 34 games for the Lions during the 2017 season netting three goals and tallying two assists.
The former striker earned his USSF National B Coaching License in December 2021.
Yolanda Thomas was named an assistant coach on Seb Hines’ staff during the 2023 preseason, joining from Tulsa Soccer Club and Fortuna Tulsa of the WPSL. During her tenure with Tulsa, she led the side to 2019 and 2021 Franchise of the Year and was named 2019 WPSL Red River Conference Coach of the Year. Over four seasons, Thomas guided Fortuna Tulsa to two conference championships, and appearances in the National Final Four, Regional Championship and National Elite Eight.
Prior to that, she was the head coach at Roger State University and an assistant at Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa. As a player, the Oklahoma State product was a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year and a three-time NSCAA All-American, being named a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year in 2009. Thomas also earned multiple call-ups to the Swedish youth national teams and would go on to play seven seasons professionally in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan.
Thomas holds a USSF “A” license and currently serves in United Soccer Coaches’ Black Coaches Community and leads the Women Coaches Community’s #MomsWhoCoach initiative.
Paul Crichton was named to the Pride coaching staff prior to the 2023 campaign. A former Premier League goalkeeper, Crichton played 532 games as a professional in a variety of Clubs, including experience at the highest level of English Football helping Norwich City earn promotion and later featuring with Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Crichton has been coaching professionally for the last 16 years and holds a UEFA ‘A’ License for both goalkeeper and outfield players. Over the years, Crichton has coached 440 English Football League games across the various levels from the Championship to the National League.
Most recently, Crichton served as the Goalkeeper and interim Assistant Coach for the Washington Spirit during the 2021 and 2022 seasons, helping lead goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury to the 2021 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award and guiding the club to the 2021 NWSL Championship.
Director of Medical & Performance
Cory Price joined the Orlando Pride staff as its Director of Medical & Performance prior to the 2023 NWSL season. Price moved into a full-time role with the Club after serving as a contract Physical Therapist since the 2020 season.
In this role, Price is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of medical, physical performance, sports science, performance psychology and nutrition across the Club. Price will be at the helm of ensuring player welfare and providing consistent and high-level service for all Orlando Pride players and staff, including close collaboration with Orlando Health, the official medical team of the Pride.
Price is an experienced and board-certified Sports Physical Therapist with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital, healthcare and sports industries. He has been affiliated with the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, being instrumental in multiple research projects as well as serving as a presenter at different symposiums, schools and conferences all around the country.
Head Athletic Trainer
Kelly Turney was added to the Pride medical staff ahead of the 2023 season. Before coming to the City Beautiful, Turney spent four seasons with the Clemson women’s soccer team. Prior to that she served as an Athletic Trainer at the University of Virginia and The University of Kansas, both with the women’s rowing team.
Turney graduated from Winthrop University in 2008 with a degree in Athletic Training, and also competed as a goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team. She graduated in 2011 from Clemson University with a degree in Human Resource Development where she served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the women’s rowing team.
Head of Strength & Conditioning and Sport Science
Christi Edson joined the Pride in January 2021 as the Club's Head of Strength & Conditioning and Sports Science after having spent over two years working with Major League Soccer side Orlando City SC as the Sports Performance Coordinator.
An NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Edson designs both strength and rehab programs for Pride players, monitoring their progress and readiness to train throughout. In addition, she aids in planning training sessions alongside the Pride coaching staff and other members of the performance team.
Prior to coming to Orlando, Edson worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach Intern at the United States Performance Center in 2017 following three years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Temple Christian School in Titusville, Fla. Edson obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University prior to completing a Master’s of Exercise Science in Human Performance in 2019.