The Orlando Pride have announced Amanda Cromwell as the club’s newest head coach.
Cromwell enters the National Women’s Soccer League after a highly successful 25-year coaching tenure at the collegiate ranks.
“We are excited to welcome Amanda Cromwell as the new head coach of the Orlando Pride. After a comprehensive search process, Amanda’s tremendous accomplishments and experience as a head coach for one of the most respected women’s college soccer programs in the country stood out,” said Mark Wilf, owner and chairman of the Pride.
“We are fortunate to be able to bring Amanda’s track record of success in developing national, professional, and collegiate standouts, and her commitment and passion for the game of women’s soccer to our club. We are confident Amanda will be a terrific leader for the Pride moving forward.”
Cromwell joins the Florida NWSL side from collegiate powerhouse University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she led the Bruins to the 2013 NCAA Championship, three College Cup appearances, seven Sweet 16 appearances, and four Pac-12 team titles.
The Annandale, Va. native compiled a 356-126-44 coaching record (.680 winning percentage).
“I am grateful to the Wilf family and the entire Orlando Pride organization to have the opportunity as the next head coach of the Orlando Pride. I am thrilled to lead this tremendous group of players and be part of a world-class club. The NWSL is a natural transition for me at this point in my career and I am excited to return to the Central Florida soccer community,” Cromwell said.
“At the same time, I am thankful for the nine fantastic years I have spent as the head coach at UCLA, supported by my players on the field, coaches by my side, and an administration dedicated to competitive excellence. I have a heavy heart leaving the players and coaches, but I know the future is bright.”
As a player, Cromwell earned 55 caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1991-98, where she was also a member of the 1995 bronze medal-winning squad and an alternate on the 1996 gold medal team at the Atlanta Olympic Games.