Carrie Taylor, 2012 Cal South Developmental Coach of the Year, returned to California recently from a brief stint with the professional club, the Vancouver Whitecaps.
In addition to assisting with the women’s W-League team, she was also in charge of growing the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite program. Her responsibilities included coaching the U-18 Girls Elite team and developing players for the Whitecaps FC women’s first team in the United Soccer Leagues (USL) W-League and for Canadian national teams. Taylor also oversaw college scholarship programming for aspiring female players.
Born in Flint, Michigan, Taylor holds the highest licensing in the United States, a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ‘A’ Coaching License. She also holds a US Youth Soccer (USYS) National Youth Coaching License, and is certified to teach the National Youth License course. And she has been involved with ODP for over twelve years.
Taylor is the former ADOC at United Futbol Club in South California, where she served as assistant director of coaching since 2010. She also coached the girls U-14 and U-17 teams, with her U-14 girls team winning the 2011 USYS President’s Cup national championship this past summer. In 2009, she was the director of operations and U-17 and U-18 head coach at Laguna Hills Eclipse. Prior to moving to California, Taylor served as the first full-time head soccer coach at College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 2005 until 2009, heading both the women’s and men’s programs. During her time at Mount St. Joseph, she won two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) titles while being named HCAC Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2008. Taylor also previously served as assistant coach at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I schools Temple University (1997) and Xavier University (1999-2001).
During her playing career, Taylor played at the University of Michigan and then went on to play in the United States Women’s Independent Soccer League (USWISL) with Columbus Ziggx (1996) and in the Women’s United Soccer League (WUSL) with Kentucky Fillies (2000).