CHICAGO (Saturday, April 19, 2003) — U.S. Soccer and Women’s National Team head coach and Technical Director April Heinrichs has named Stephanie Gabbert as the Region II Women’s National Staff Coach.
With the appointment of Gabbert, U.S. Soccer now has a full compliment of four National Staff Coaches on the women’s side. Gabbert joins Jeff Pill (Region I), Dave Simeone (Region III) and Gregg Ryan (Region IV) as Women’s National Staff Coaches, each working directly with Heinrichs. Ryan was originally hired to be the National Staff Coach for Region II, but with the departure of former Region IV staff coach Jay Entlich to coach the Carolina Courage in the WUSA, Ryan was moved to Region IV and Gabbert, a former head coach for the Olympic Development Teams regional teams in Region II, was hired for this position.
Gabbert comes to U.S. Soccer from Iowa State, where she was the head coach of the Cyclones for two seasons in 2001 and 2002. Prior to heading the ISU program, Gabbert was the head coach at University of Iowa for three seasons. She built the Hawkeye program from scratch and coached in Iowa City during the first three seasons of the program’s existence. She was named the Big-10 Coach of the Year in 2000, leading the Hawkeyes to a third place finish in the Big-10.
Gabbert has extensive experience coaching in the Region II ODP, spending 10 years working with girl’s regional teams from the U-16 to the U-19 levels, primarily as a head coach.
A Missouri native, Gabbert attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she played three years of varsity soccer and was an All-American as a senior. A member of the U.S. National Team player pool in the late 1980s, she played in four U.S. Olympic Festivals for the North Team.
“I’ve been in Region II as a player and coach all my life, and to get the chance to give back to the soccer community is a tremendous opportunity,” said Gabbert. “It’s an exciting time for women’s soccer as our youth national team players are getting tremendous experience and training. I’m looking forward to working with April and all the national team coaches and staff.”
As one of U.S. Soccer’s National Staff coaches, Gabbert will help to raise the overall level of play within the United States through player identification and development, and coaching education. Gabbert will also help provide a direct link between U.S. Soccer and clubs, and state youth and senior associations in her region.
Much of Gabbert’s work will include traveling throughout Region II and taking a hands-on approach with state associations and clubs, in coaching education courses, clinics and player development opportunities to provide technical leadership and direction within the youth soccer community.