Emma Hayes coached the Lady Riders from 2001-03. (FrontRowSoccer Photo)
Former Long Island Lady Riders head coach Emma Hayes is a finalist for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach, it was announced on Thursday.
Hayes, who coaches the Chelsea women’s team, guided the Lady Riders in the W-League from 2001-03. She also was the Iona College women’s head coach from 2003-06.
Thomas Tuchel, who directs Chelsea and U.S. men’s national team midfielder-forward Christian Pulisic, is one of the three finalists The Best FIFA Men’s Coach.
The final three nominees for women’s coach are (in alphabetical order):
* Lluís Cortés (Spain / FC Barcelona)
* Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea FC Women)
* Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Dutch national team / English national team)
The final three nominees for wen’s coach are (in alphabetical order):
* Pep Guardiola (Spain / Manchester City FC)
* Roberto Mancini (Italy / Italian national team)
* Thomas Tuchel (Germany / Chelsea FC)