U.S. Soccer Named Keri Sarver as U19 WNT Head Coach
Internationals SC Director of Coaching Keri Sarver has been named the new U.S. U19 Women’s National Team head coach with her official start date scheduled for August 1st. Sarver has remained an important contributor to the growth of the club after serving as DOC for the past seven years.
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“I cannot begin to express how honored and excited I am to begin this new journey with the U.S. Soccer Federation,” Sarver commented. “I look forward to working with highly talented and motivated players and to work alongside the other Youth National Team age group coaches. I will work tirelessly to make a positive impact with the U19s and U20s and in support of all of our National Teams.”
Sarver has worked extensively as an assistant coach for the USA’s age-group National Teams, mostly as the first assistant with the U18s over the past four years. She joins U.S. Soccer after serving seven years as Director of Coaching at the Internationals Soccer Club in Ohio, the club she played her youth career at as well as with the USL W-League. She coached with the Internationals on a part-time basis between 2003-2010 before being named the DOC of Internationals SC. She has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Akron.
“Keri’s work with the U-18s has made her the perfect choice to move into a head coaching role with our U-19s and serve as the full-time assistant coach to the U-20s,” U.S. Women’s Youth National Teams Director April Heinrich said. “She has tremendous experience as a former professional player, former college coach, and current club coach. From these experiences, she understands that development of players starts at the club and individual level, and she’s well prepared to work with individuals and teams at the international level.”
Sarver was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team pool during her playing days. She was an All-American at the University of Maryland, scoring 61 goals for the Terrapins, and played professionally in the WUSA with the Washington Freedom, New York Power, and Carolina Courage. She played for the U.S. Youth National Teams from the U16 through U21 levels.
“In my personal opinion, the U.S. Soccer Federation is making one of the best appointments by hiring Keri to help lead our nation on a journey to excellence,” Internationals SC President and Founder Zdravko Popovic concluded. “It is a happy day and I could not be more proud and excited for Keri and the Internationals Soccer family. With Keri’s leadership, work ethic, unparalleled passion, love, and knowledge to take the game to the next level, it is the latest and most rewarding, happy news I can share. Please join me in congratulating her and celebrating this challenging and wonderful opportunity ahead of her.”
Photos Courtesy of Brent Durken/ISNSoccer.com and Keri Sarver