CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League announced Tuesday that OL Reign head coach Laura Harvey has been named it’s coach of the year.
Harvey earned the award after returning for her second stint behind the OL Reign bench, where she led her team to a 7-3-2 record in the second half of the season and a berth to the NWSL semifinals.
The honor marked Harvey’s third career coach of the year nod, the most of any coach in the NWSL. Harvey, who directed OL Reign from 2013-2017, also won the title in the 2014 and 2015 NWSL seasons, leading the Reign to back-to-back NWSL Shields and championship final appearances.
“We are incredibly happy for Laura, as this honor is well-deserved recognition for all she has achieved since her return to our club,” OL Reign CEO Bill Predmore said in a statement. “The results she delivered since taking the helm mid-season exceeded all expectations and serves as a testament to her extraordinary talents. We are proud to have her leading our team again.”
Harvey, whose contract was extended through the 2023 season, returned to the league in July. The manager made an instant impact, gathering seven wins in 12 games at the helm of the team, which included an eight-game unbeaten streak from Aug. 21 to Oct. 16. Under Harvey this season, OL Reign had a .667 win percentage, outscored opponents, 25-9, and led all teams in goals (35) and assists (23).
Portland Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons finished second in voting, while NJ/NY Gotham FC head coach Scott Parkinson came in third.
The list of finalists was decided after a preliminary round of voting by owners, general managers, coaches, players and media. The finalists were then voted on by fans, owners, general managers, coaches, players and media.
Preliminary Round: Owners/GMs/Coaches (25%), Media (25%) and Players (50%)
Final Round: Owners/GMs/Coaches (20%), Media (20%) and Players (50%) and Fans (10%)