Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes positively impacting women’s soccer

When it comes to the sport of women’s soccer, the names that usually come to mind are the current stars who are lighting up the pitch, such as American studs Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

However, a name that doesn’t come to mind with the general soccer population, but absolutely should, is former Long Island Lady Riders head coach and current Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes.

Hayes’ impact on the sport has stretched over a timeline of just about a decade and a half. She lead the Gaels of Iona College to a MAAC Championship appearance back in 2005 before heading back to London, where she assisted the Arsenal Ladies for three years. During that time, she become a silverware machine, as she collected 11 major trophies during her threeyear tenure with the Gunners. She was granted the keys to the Chelsea kingdom in 2012, and has continued to sit on that throne without a hiccup ever since.

The 40-year old mastermind has done an incredible job in charge of the Blues. She has turned Chelsea into a powerhouse in her four years with the Club, headlined by a Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Cup sweep in 2015. Her impact on women in soccer has been immense. She has constantly advocated and supported women’s involvement in soccer, and has become an instrumental part in getting just wages for female footballers. Her monumental movements in women’s football resulted in her receiving an MBE for services to football from the Queen.

Before all of her noteworthy accolades in her home country, she was just a young 24-year old looking for a coaching job. That’s where the Rough Riders come in.

Back in 2001, Hayes was put in charge of the Long Island Lady Riders, becoming the youngest head coach in American W-league history. Her record, however, suggested that she was no rookie. She amassed a total of 31 wins in her three years with the Riders, while also earning Wleague Coach of the Year honors in 2002 after a dominating campaign in which they finished 11-3.

She has grown as a leader both on and off the field in her 15 years as a coach. How she does it you ask? A focus on each individual.

The Camden, England native coaches with a unique style. Her training sessions allow her players to focus on what they need in order to get better while also incorporating team training to improve as an 11 man unit. As we’ve seen, she has created a winning culture that she will look to continue to expand as she further establishes herself as a coaching legend.

– Jackson Heil, Staff Writer