Anson Dorrance directed the USWNT to t he 1991 Women’s World Cup title. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)

LEESBURG, Va. – The Washington Spirit announced Friday that University of North Carolina women’s head coach Anson Dorrance will become an advisor to the team owners, investors,and National Women’s Soccer League club.

Dorrance has been UNC coach since the program’s inception in 1979. Over that period, Dorrance has won an 21 NCAA women’s soccer championships. He has been named NCAA coach of the year a record five times and built the Tar Heels into one of the winningest programs in NCAA soccer and all of college sports.

“We are thrilled to welcome Anson Dorrance to the Spirit family. Anson brings a reputation, track record, and network in the game of soccer that is second to none,” Spirit managing partner Steve Baldwin said in a statement.

A former U.S. women’s national team head coach, Dorrance directed the team to its first Women’s World Cup championship in 1991. Dorrance is an inductee the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and he has coached some of the most successful players in US women’s soccer history.

“I have admired what the Washington Spirit has been building and have a vested interest in the advancement of the NWSL and women’s soccer more broadly,” Dorrance said. “I have been impressed by their players and the new investment and initiative behind the Spirit. I am proud to have the opportunity to continue to contribute to the growth of the women’s game both through my Tar Heels and now through this engagement with the Spirit.”