Denise Reddy’s coaching resume includes several stops in the U.S. and overseas.
Now, the Rutgers University graduate and New Jersey native has come home as Sky Blue FC has named Reddy the team’s new head coach. Most recently an assistant coach with the Washington Spirit, Reddy fills the vacancy created when former head coach Christy Holly stepped down in mid-August.
“Words cannot describe how excited and honored I am to be the Head Coach of Sky Blue FC,” Reddy said. “This is where my coaching career started, and it feels great to be back in Jersey and part of such a professional organization. I am looking forward to starting this journey with such top-class players and cannot wait to get on the pitch.”
A UEFA Pro Licensed Coach with experience as a head coach in Sweden, Denmark and the United States, Reddy’s coaching philosophy is considered unique and one that incorporates a variety of cultures and playing styles.
“We are thrilled that Denise has agreed to join our organization,” said Steven Temares, Sky Blue FC co-owner. “Her diverse experience, passion and approach to the game are a wonderful fit. We strongly believe Denise is the right person to provide our players with the development, preparation and leadership they deserve, and we look forward to the upcoming season.”
Reddy began her coaching career in 2007 as the head coach of Jersey Sky Blue, which was the USL W-League side that preceded Sky Blue FC as a professional club. She then served as an assistant for the Chicago Red Stars from 2008 to 2010 before joining Linköpings FC in Sweden the following year.
After working in Sweden as an assistant coach during the 2011 season, which saw Linköpings FC reach the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals, she took over as head coach of the club in 2012.
Reddy then made the move to B93/HIK/Skjold in Denmark, where she was the head coach from 2012 to 2014. She followed that up with a two-year campaign as head coach of Vittsjö GIK in Sweden before coming back stateside to work as an assistant coach for the Washington Spirit under former Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra. In her first year in Washington, the Spirit reached the NWSL Championship Match.
Sky Blue FC is the sixth professional team that Reddy has coached across Europe and the United States, and she also played internationally for 11 years as a center back for Umeå IK and Malmö FF in Sweden. While playing for Malmö FF from 1995-2005, she served as team captain for seven consecutive seasons and helped them reach the UEFA Champions League Semifinals in 2004. Prior to playing professionally, she was a two-year captain and NSCAA All-American at Rutgers University.