CHICAGO – Chicago House Athletic Club Friday announced the hiring of Duygu Erdoğan as an assistant coach.

Erdoğan became the first female coach in the National Independent Soccer Association and is currently the only woman currently coaching in men’s professional soccer in the United States.

“I’m excited that CJ [Brown, head coach] is adding to the diversity of his staff by bringing in Duygu to join Guillermo, Trevor, Matt and Braden,” Chicago House managing partner, president and CEO Peter Wilt said in a statement. “Coincidentally, CJ met Duygu at the New York Red Bulls two years ago, on the same trip to the United States that I met her at Forward Madison. The immigration process that began in January took a while to complete, but was worth the wait. Duygu’s experience coaching men’s teams in Turkey and Germany will translate well to add valuable perspective for CJ and Chicago House.”

The 33-year-old Erdoğan brings an extensive list of coaching experience to the House.

From 2016-2018 she was an assistant coach with Germany Rot Weiß Oberhausen Club. She served as an assistant coach with five teams in Turkey and Germany from 2010-2016, including Germany SG Wattenscheid 09 Club Football, Turkey Elazığspor Club Football, Galatasaray Sports Club Football, Galatasaray Sports Club Girls Soccer Teams (where she was a founder of the program) and Galatasaray Sports Club Football İstanbul-Florya.

Prior to coaching football professionally, Erdoğan was an elementary school physical education teacher in İstanbul Zeytinburnu Ziya Gökalp from 2011-2012 and a Junior Football Team Coach with Turkey Besiktas Gymnastic Club Football from 2008-2010. Erdoğan also played the beautiful game in Turkey, with İstanbul Maltepe Yalıspor, İstanbul Marmara University Sports Club and İstanbul University Football Team.

Erdoğan also has several certifications, including the Turkish Football Association Help Certificate, the Turkish Football Association Mandatory Evolution Seminars Certificate, a Turkish Football Federation A License, the Turkish Football Association Mandatory Evolution Seminars Certificate, and an İstanbul University Pedagogical Formation Certificate. She also attended seminars and programs at the İstanbul University School Physical Education Sport Rise and the U.S.A. Livcon the International Instıtute For Training & Consulting.

“The reason I’m here is because of Peter Wilt’s mentality, and how he looks at the sport of football – his love of football has brought so many people together,” Erdoğan said in a statement. “I’m also here because of CJ Brown’s character as a coach. CJ is very enthusiastic and very supportive towards his team. He is a great leader. I’m here because I embrace this mentality and character.”