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.