Former NWSL Player Becca Moros to Join as Assistant Coach
Howell, NJ – Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) today announced the members of Head Coach Freya Coombe’s technical staff for the 2020 season.
Rebecca (“Becca”) Moros will serve as Assistant Coach, Dean O’Leary as Goalkeeper Coach, and Philip Congleton as High Performance Coach. Marcia McDermott will retain her role as Technical Advisor for the club’s inaugural season at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
“I am excited to work with such a talented group of people who come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences,” said Head Coach Freya Coombe. “The technical staff shares the club’s ambitions and there is a real buzz amongst us for the start of the season.”
Rebecca (“Becca”) Moros
Born in Manhattan, New York, Coach Moros joins a shortlist of players from the NWSL to transition into a fulltime coaching position. She brings more than a decade of professional soccer experience to Sky Blue after playing three years in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), two years in the Nadeshiko League in Japan, and six years in the NWSL. Moros played for multiple teams throughout her NWSL career, including the Portland Thorns and Houston Dash, and most recently, the Utah Royals where she earned NWSL Team of the Month honors for June 2018.
Moros has been coaching since graduating from Duke University in 2007 where she was a four-year starter and captained the team her senior year. She holds her USSF C license, and her United Soccer Coaches National Youth Diploma and Level 1 Futsal Certificate. She is also the inventor and CEO of FOOTYBOARD®, a portable rebounder for soccer players.
“I’m extremely excited to join SBFC and eager to collaborate with Coach Freya,” said Moros. “It is an honor to join such an ambitious front office and a privilege to help lead and shape a team as talented as Sky Blue. This year will be nothing short of spectacular.”
Coach O’Leary comes to Sky Blue with more than 14 years of coaching experience at the high school, club, collegiate, and U.S. Soccer Development Academy levels. He serves as the Technical Director for Asphalt Green Soccer Club in New York City, where he oversees the club’s entire coaching staff and college recruitment program. He was also part of Monroe College coaching staff that helped lead the women’s soccer team to the 2014 National Championship for the National Junior College Athletic Association.
O’Leary played five years at the most senior levels of youth and semi-professional soccer in the United Kingdom. At the age of 17, he played for the Country of Wales’ national team in matches against Canada and Brazil. He holds a UEFA B license. He also earned a National Goalkeeping License and a Master Coach Diploma from United Soccer Coaches.
Coach Congleton joins Sky Blue from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. At JMU, Congleton served as High Performance Coach for the women’s soccer team while earning his Master of Science in Exercise Physiology. Congleton’s duties included interpreting health analytics and video analysis to monitor players’ physical performance during games and training sessions. Congleton used this data to implement training, return-to-play, and injury prevention and recovery protocols designed to enhance player performance.
Congleton is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a certified strength and conditioning specialist and by the National Academy of Sports as a certified personal trainer.
McDermott brings a wealth of experience from the college to professional level, both as a coach and as an executive. She won a championship as a Head Coach with the Carolina Courage of Women’s United Soccer Association and served as the General Manager of the Chicago Red Stars of Women’s Professional Soccer.
McDermott joined Sky Blue in August 2019 and was named Technical Advisor in September 2019. McDermott worked closely with Coach Coombe and General Manager Alyse LaHue to develop the club’s strategy for the 2020 NWSL College Draft and will continue to assist coaches with training and game preparation.