Head Coach: Keri Sarver
Keri Sarver joined U.S. Soccer full-time in April of 2017 as the head coach for the U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team. Since 2011, Sarver has also worked as scout for U.S. Soccer while also running Training Centers and has served extensively as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team.
Sarver will work with U.S. Soccer Women’s Youth National Teams Director April Heinrichs and the other age group coaches in all aspects of the Youth National Team programs. Sarver will also work closely with U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jitka Kilmkova to maximize the development, evaluation and movement of players between the age groups for training camps and matches during the World Cup cycle.
Sarver joins U.S. Soccer after serving for the past seven years the Director of Coaching at the Internationals Soccer Club in Ohio, the club where she played as a youth player and in the W-League. She also coached with the Internationals on part-time basis between 2003-2010 before becoming the DOC and was with the club as a player or coach in some capacity for more than 20 years.
As DOC with the Internationals, Sarver trained coaches and managers, organized team trainings, camps and tryouts and oversaw the club’s scheduling and travel needs.
As a staff coach with the Internationals, Sarver was involved with all aspects of team training with girls’ ages 8-18. During that time, Sarver’s clubs captured over 50 Ohio Youth Soccer Association North State (OYSAN) championships, while three teams advanced to the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) National Finals and five won United Soccer Leagues Super-Y League National Championships. Sarver helped develop 12 U.S. Youth National Team pool players and placed over 100 players at various colleges throughout the country. She also helped four teams advance to the ECNL National Finals since the cub joined the league in 2012.
She was recognized as USYSA Girls’ Competitive National Coach of the Year, the Region II Girls’ Competitive Coach of the Year and Ohio Youth Soccer Association North Girls’ Competitive Coach of the Year.
Sarver was also an assistant coach at the University of Akron from 2012-14 and an assistant coach for the Cleveland Internationals in the W-League from 2007-09.
At Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio, Sarver was a three-time All-Ohio and All-Region pick and was named the Akron Beacon Journal’s Athlete of the Year in 1993 when she led the team to the state semifinals and was named a Parade All-American. She finished her career as the school’s all-time and single-season record holder in goals, assists and points. Sarver was a 2011 inductee in the Ohio Soccer Hall of Fame and she was inducted into Jackson High School’s Hall of Fame in 2004.
A standout player and student at the University of Maryland, Sarver still holds the university's offensive player records and in 2002 was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team which recognized the top-50 players in the history of the conference. She was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick and an All-American in 1998. Sarver helped the Terrapins to four NCAA Tournaments from 1995-1998 and was named the Univ. of Maryland Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 1998-99.
Sarver graduated from Maryland in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. Professionally, Sarver worked as a senior database technology software engineer for The MITRE Corporation from 1999-2012.
As a professional, Saver played in the WUSA for all three years of the league, playing for the Washington Freedom (2001), the New York Power (2002) and the Carolina Courage (2003).
She was a member of the U.S. Youth National Team player pools (U-16 through U-21) from 1991-1997.
Sarver holds her U.S. Soccer National "A" License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.