Seattle Reign coach and general manager Laura Harvey, the 2014 and 2015 NWSL Coach of the Year, has signed a contract extension that will keep her at the helm through the 2020 season, the club announced Tuesday in a release.
Though Harvey’s first Reign team missed the playoffs in 2013, she quickly established herself as one of the craftiest team builders in the league, remaking the roster that would win back-to-back regular season titles during her Coach of the Year campaigns. The ultimate prize of an NWSL title has alluded her and the Reign, however — Seattle lost in the league championship game in both 2014 and 2015 — and it missed the postseason this year by two points.
Harvey will have to again retool her team on the fly this offseason, with longtime captain Keelin Winters having announced her retirement, star playmaker Kim Little leaving the club for Arsenal and goalkeeper Hope Solo currently in limbo.
“I believe Laura has demonstrated she is the best coach in women’s football,” Seattle Reign owner Bill Predmore said in the release. “The results she has delivered on the pitch, her ability to attract world-class talent, and her unique gift for managing and inspiring players has made her a truly special leader for our club. Our ultimate objective remains the NWSL Championship – Laura is the best person to help us achieve that goal.”
The native of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England arrived in Seattle from Arsenal Ladies prior to the inaugural NWSL season. She was also previously named the English Women’s Super League Coach of the Year after leading Arsenal to the league, FA Cup and Continental Cup all in 2011.
Harvey has led the Reign to a cumulative regular-season record of 42-25-19. The club leads NWSL in wins and best goal-differential (plus-44) over that span.
“I am excited by the opportunity to achieve our ultimate goal – the NWSL Championship,” Harvey said in the release. “Bill and I share a vision for how best to build a championship-caliber team, so I thank him for his trust and support as we work towards that objective. We are an ambitious, relentless club that won’t be satisfied with anything less than a championship.”