In the late 1990s, Christie Welsh was leading Massapequa High School to a state title and earning national Player of the Year honors.
She is now further strengthening her connections to the Long Island soccer community by joining New York Surf as its assistant technical director and academy coach.
“We are honored and humbled to have Christie join New York Surf,” said Matt Popoli, president of New York Surf. “Her distinguished career has included incredible accomplishments and she is a true standout in U.S. women’s soccer. Christie is one of the best female soccer players to have ever come out of Long Island and NY Surf is excited to be bringing her back to help develop the next generation of top players.”
A native of Massapequa, Welsh’s list of accomplishments are long. A MAC Hermann Trophy winner and former U.S. National Team member, she is one of the most decorated players in the histories of Penn State and the Big Ten Conference.
As a coach, Welsh served as an assistant coach in three USSF national camps with the U-14 Girls’ National Team, U-15 Girls’ National Team and was a part of the first ever Striker & Goalkeeper Training Camp held in December 2016. Her collegiate coaching career includes stints at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and the University of Oregon.
“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to join such a great group of coaches at NY Surf and give back to the New York soccer community that has done so much for my life and career,” said Welsh. “My focus as a coach has always been on player development and working with the community, which I will continue to do in my new roles at NY Surf.”.
A member of the U.S. National Team from 2000 to 2008, Welsh tallied 20 goals in 39 international contests. An alternate for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she was part of the 2004, 2006 and 2007 Olympic and World Cup training residencies. In 2005, Welsh helped the U.S. National Team capture the Algarve Cup, tallying a team-best five goals, including the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Germany in the finals.
During her playing days at Penn State, Welsh was the school’s first player to earn NSCAA All-America honors in each of her four years, while leading her team to four-straight Big Ten titles and two Final Four appearances from 1999-02. She was the first player in conference history to be named Big Ten Player of the Year three consecutive seasons. Welsh also set the Big Ten’s record for goals (82), assists (52) and points (216), with her career points mark still standing.
Following her collegiate career, Welsh was drafted second overall in the 2003 WUSA Draft by the New York Power. Leading her team in scoring, Welsh would go on to play internationally for KIF Orebro of Sweden’s Top Division in 2004 and Olympique Lyonnaise of the French First Division in 2005.
Additionally, she helped the Washington Freedom to the 2005 W-League championship, and the NJ Wildcats to the 2007 title, garnering MVP honors along the way. Recently, she has played in the Women’s Professional Soccer League, competing for both the LA Sol and St. Louis Athletica in 2009 and the Washington Freedom in 2010.
During her playing days in Long Island, she led Massapequa High School to the 1997 New York State Championship and earned Parade All-American honors twice. The 1998 Gatorade Circle of Champions National High School Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year, she was named an NSCAA All-American as a senior.