Sky Blue Names Reddy Coach

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sky blue logoDenise Reddy took the longest possible route home to New Jersey — but here she is just the same.

Reddy, who played high school soccer at Raritan High School and collegiately at Rutgers University, returned to New Jersey on Wednesday after stints overseas and around the United States. She was introduced as the new Sky Blue coach of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Sky Blue, a team which had a rollercoaster 2017 season, was without a head coach since mid-August when Christy Holly was let go..

After the resignation of Laura Harvey as Seattle’s coach, Reddy is the league’s lone female coach in the league.
“Words cannot describe how excited and honored I am to be the coach of Sky Blue FC,” Reddy said. “This is where my coaching career started, and it feels great to be back in Jersey and part of such a professional organization. I am looking forward to starting this journey with such top-class players and cannot wait to get on the pitch.”

Reddy is a UEFA Pro licensed coach with experience as a head coach in Sweden, Denmark and the U.S. Her her coaching philosophy is an extremely unique one that incorporates a variety of cultures and playing styles.

“We are thrilled that Denise has agreed to join our organization,” said Steven Temares, a Sky Blue co-owner. “Her diverse experience, passion and approach to the game are a wonderful fit. We strongly believe Denise is the right person to provide our players with the development, preparation and leadership they deserve, and we look forward to the upcoming season.”

After graduating Rutgers, Reddy began her coaching career in 2007 as the coach of Jersey Sky Blue, which was the USL W-League side that preceded Sky Blue. She then served as an assistant for the Chicago Red Stars 2008-2010 before joining Linköpings of Sweden the next year. After working there as an assistant coach during the 2011 season, which saw Linköpings reach the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, she took over as coach of the club in 2012. Reddy then made the move to B93/HIK/Skjold in Denmark, where she was the coach from 2012-14.

She followed that up with a two-year campaign as head coach of Vittsjo GIK in Sweden before returning to the U.S. to work as an assistant coach for the Washington Spirit.

“Denise is a Jersey Girl who brings a wealth of knowledge and professional experience to Sky Blue FC,” said Tony Novo, the club’s president and  general manager. “She has been a part of the fabric that is New Jersey soccer for many years, and she also brings a coaching outlook that holds various elements from throughout the world. We strongly feel that Denise is the perfect candidate to assume leadership of Sky Blue FC, and we are very excited to see what the future holds with her.”

Sky Blue FC is the sixth professional team that Reddy has coached across Europe and the United States, and she also played internationally for 11 years as a center back for Umea and Malmo in Sweden. While playing for Malmo from 1995-2005, she served as team captain for seven consecutive seasons and helped them reach the UEFA Champions League semifinals in 2004. Before playing professionally, she was a two-year captain and NSCAA All-America at Rutgers.