Holly Quits as Sky Blue Coach

Piscataway, NJ - Wednesday June 28, 2017: Christy Holly prior to a regular season National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) match between Sky Blue FC and the Orlando Pride at Yurcak Field.

In a sudden and unexpected move, Sky Blue announced that second-year head coach Christy Holly is stepping down.

Holly resigned without reason. He left a message on his Twitter account this afternoon:

“At this point in my life, I have made the decision to step aside from coaching this group of exceptional players. While I look forward to what is next for me, I will always look fondly on my time with Sky Blue and the opportunity to work with the players and organization.”

Holly went on to thank the the Cloud 9 supporters group and the other NWSL coaches, particularly former Sky Blue coach Jim Gabarra, now with the Washington Spirit.

According to a Sky Blue press release today, the decision to step down was mutually agreed upon by Holly and the team, and he leaves the organization on good terms.

“First and foremost, we want to thank Christy Holly for everything he has done for Sky Blue FC,” said Tony Novo, Sky Blue President and General Manager. “From the first day he came to our club as an assistant coach, Christy has always been committed to Sky Blue, and we wish him nothing but the greatest of successes in whatever he chooses to do going forward. That said, we know that Sky Blue remains in great hands with Jill Loyden, Dave Hodgson, Paul Greig and Maria Dorris as we approach the remainder of the regular season with a full ambition of reaching the NWSL Playoffs.”

It is unknown who will coach the team Saturday against Seattle.

Sky Blue is in the midst of a three-game losing streak that now has them out of the playoffs. Saturday’s match against Seattle, who currently sit one point above Sky Blue in the NWSL standings, could be crucial to the club’s postseason hopes.