NJ/NY Gotham FC has named Scott Parkinson as the club's new Head Coach. Parkinson previously served four years as an assistant coach, first with the Utah Royals FC and most recently with the Chicago Red Stars. He has signed on with Gotham FC through the 2022 season. The club has also named former NWSL player Beverly "Bev" Goebel Yanez as the new First Assistant Coach. The announcement comes after former Head Coach Freya Coombe departed the club for a job with a 2022 expansion team, Angel City FC.
According to the club's Interim General Manager Yael Averbuch West, the process to hire Parkinson took into account guidance from ownership and conversations with players. The talent pool, which Averbuch West described as "incredibly diverse and talented" consisted of 30 candidates. “Scott’s knowledge of the game is impressive, and his passion is infectious. He’s the definition of a player’s coach and the perfect person to guide us to future success,” Averbuch West said.
Scott Parkinson is a native of Liverpool, England and has coached in the United States for the last 12 years. He has coached in the NWSL since 2017 and currently holds USSF A and UEFA B licenses. “I am incredibly grateful to ownership for this opportunity,” said Coach Parkinson. “The evolution of this club on and off the field has been truly remarkable to watch, and I’m excited to be part of the next chapter. It’s an honor to work with such a talented and dedicated group of players. The potential here is limitless, and I cannot wait to get to work.”
Beverly "Bev" Goebel Yanez, the 2015 NWSL MVP, played in the NWSL for six years and played professionally for nine. During her time at Reign FC, she played alongside current Gotham FC players Allie Long, Ifeoma Onumonu, and Nahomi Kawasumi. Goebel Yanez began coaching immediately after her retirement in 2019 and most recently served as he Director of Coaching and Technical Director for Juventus Academy in Silicon Valley. “Gotham FC has become a premier destination in this league,” said Coach Goebel Yanez. “It’s an honor to begin my NWSL coaching career with a club that has dedicated ownership, a very talented roster, and some of the most supportive fans in the league. This club is building something special, and I look forward to helping our players in any capacity reach their maximum potential on and off the field.”
“Working through the interview process, we collectively agreed that we identified the best coaching leadership for the club,” said Tammy Murphy, Club Chair and Majority Owner of Gotham FC. “We are incredibly confident and enthusiastic about moving forward with Coaches Goebel Yanez and Parkinson. They are very impressive leaders who will help elevate our level of play with their passion, knowledge, and NWSL experience.”
Can Scott Parkinson and Bev Goebel Yanez Lead Gotham FC to victory?
Gotham FC faces a "must-win" home match to keep their playoff dreams alive on Saturday, September 4th against Coach Parkinson's former team, the Chicago Red Stars. The game kicks off 7:00 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena and will be streaming on Paramount+. Visit gothamfc.com for tickets.