Harvey’s teams were 51-33-26 during the regular season, and she led the Reign to two NWSL Finals — losing to Andonovski’s FC Kansas City teams both times — and won the NWSL Shield in 2014 and 2015. She also won two NWSL Coach of the Year Awards.
Laura Harvey has resigned as coach and general manager of Seattle Reign FC, the team announced Tuesday.
The Reign also announced that it has hired Vlatko Andonovski as its coach and executive director of Reign Academy.
Andonovski, FC Kansas City’s former coach, signed a two-year contract.
Harvey will work with the Reign through the end of the year, supporting Andonovski through the transition, the team said.
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Harvey’s teams were 51-33-26 during the regular season, and she led the Reign to two NWSL Finals and won the NWSL Shield in 2014 and 2015. She also won two NWSL Coach of the Year awards.
“When (owner) Bill (Predmore) and I sat down after the season to talk about the future, I just wasn’t sure what I wanted — but I knew the club needed a decision about my plans,” Harvey said in a statement. “Given my uncertainty it seemed best for all that I step away now to give the club a proper amount of time to hire my replacement.
“I’m going to take a little bit of time to reflect and decide what the best next move is for me. I hope that an opportunity comes my way and I will decide if it is the right one. It’s been a tough decision to make, but I feel like it’s the right one for me and for the club.”
Said Predmore in a statement:
“I am deeply appreciative of all Laura gave to our organization over the past five years. She is a brilliant coach, but more importantly, she is a tremendous individual — there is nobody I would have rather worked with to build the club. Laura’s impact will be felt long after she departs, as she helped establish the enduring values that define what it means to be a part of our organization.”
Andonovski led FC Kansas City to three playoff appearances and NWSL championships in 2014 and 2015 (both vs. the Reign). He has the second-most all-time regular-season wins (behind Harvey) with 47, and his teams have given up the fewest goals per game (1.14) over the league’s first five seasons.