Head Coach - Marc Skinner
Marc Skinner was appointed as the Head Coach for the Orlando Pride on Jan. 14, 2019.
Skinner, 35, was named head coach for Birmingham in December 2016 after serving seven years as technical director for the club’s youth development structure in the Centre of Excellence. In his first season at the helm, Skinner and BCFC played a shortened Spring season, which culminated with Skinner leading the club to the FA Women’s Cup final.
After taking over Birmingham, Skinner was credited with turning around the Blues’ style of play - creating a well-organized and defensively sound system while implementing a dominant attacking style. At the time of Skinner’s departure, Birmingham has conceded just 10 goals over 13 games and sits only five points out of Champions League contention.
The UEFA “A” License holder previously served as Birmingham’s Reserve Team Manager and First Team goalkeeper coach.
Goalkeeper Coach - Lloyd Yaxley
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.