Former Reading Women’s head coach joins Utah Royals

Utah Royals first Sporting Director, Kelly Cousins
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Former Reading boss Kelly Cousins (née Chambers) appointed sporting director of returning National Women’s Soccer League side Utah Royals.

Cousins told “I am really looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to build a roster, a culture and most importantly a place that gives players everything they need to be able to perform at their best,” said Cousins.

Utah Royals FC President Michelle Hyncik said: “Kelly is truly a swiss army knife of Soccer Operations – from sporting side strategic planning and squad management infrastructure building, to scouting and recruitment, to coaching, to everything in between – she has done it all. Even more importantly, getting to know Kelly on a personal level and seeing her skillset as a collaborator has been a joy. We could not be more excited to welcome her family to our Utah community.”

As the first-ever Utah Royals FC Sporting Director, Cousins will collaborate with Head Coach Amy Rodriguez to oversee the construction of the 2024 roster. In addition to scouting and recruiting those who will make up the squad, Cousins will lead the entire sporting side team operations, including the charge of hiring the necessary technical and support staff as the team prepares for its new era in the NWSL.

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