Interim Head Coach
Becky Burleigh was appointed the Orlando Pride Interim Head Coach on July 25, 2021, joining the side after a 26-year career at the University of Florida.
While serving at the helm for the Gators, Burleigh compiled a 513–160–46 career record, including an NCAA Championship, two NCAA College Cup appearances, 14 SEC titles and 22 NCAA Championship berths. She was also named NCSAA/Adidas and College Soccer National Coach of the Year in 1998 following the Gators’ title run and is a four-time SEC Coach of the Year. Before joining UF, Burleigh led Berry College to two NAIA Championships over five seasons.
A native of Tarpon Springs, Florida, Burleigh played at the collegiate level for Methodist College, winning four DIAC championships and earning three First-Team All-DIAC selections, as well as First-Team All-South honors in 1988. In 1999, she was inducted into the Methodist Hall of Fame, as well as the USA South Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2015.
Interim Assistant Coach
Alan Kirkup has joined the Pride as an interim assistant coach after serving as Burleigh’s former associate head coach at the University of Florida. One of the NCAA career coaching wins leaders, Kirkup has spent nearly 30 years coaching at various levels, 15 of which have come under Burleigh with the Gators.
Kirkup began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the men’s soccer team at Eastern Illinois. Four years later, he moved on to be the men’s assistant coach and women’s head coach at Southern Methodist University, earning Southwest Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1995.
Following his time at SMU, Kirkup moved on to serve at the helm for the Maryland women’s team, where he would go on to set school records for wins in a season, winning percentage, and wins to begin a season. He began working in the SEC the following year, where he became Arkansas’ head coach before resigning in 2004.
As a player, Kirkup enjoyed a professional stint at Manchester United from 1972-76 before transitioning to coaching.
Lloyd Yaxley was appointed as the goalkeeper coach for the Orlando Pride on Jan. 27, 2017.
In his first season with the Pride, Yaxley coached Orlando goalkeeper trio of Ashlyn Harris, Aubrey Bledsoe and Caroline Stanley to a winning season with a record of 11-7-6. Under his coaching, the Pride goalkeeping corps earned nine NWSL Save of the Week awards and posted four shutouts.
Yaxley joined the Pride after four seasons with the Washington Spirit where he oversaw the development of Harris from 2013-15 and helped the team qualify for the postseason in each of the three seasons. In 2016, Yaxley coached Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé, who went on to win a bronze medal with Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Prior to joining Washington, Yaxley was a coach for D.C. United Women and also served as the Director of Goalkeeping and Sr. Director of Coaching for Prince William Soccer Inc.
A native of Essex, England, Yaxley is a frequent coach with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team, In addition, Yaxley has worked with the U-18 WNT and was also called to assist the senior U.S. Women’s National Team for two matches against Romania in November 2016.
Yaxley holds both a USSF B coaching license and an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma. Before coming stateside, Yaxley oversaw goalkeepers for Chelsea FC affiliate P.A.S.S. and enjoyed a playing career with multiple overseas clubs.
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.