Former Rough Riders coach and current Chelsea Ladies FC Head Coach, Emma Hayes, has recently been given the honor of receiving the MBE Award from the Queen of England. This award is given to those representing outstanding service in their industry. In Hayes’ case she received the award for her outstanding service in soccer. “It was like a fairytale,” Hayes said on receiving the award.
Hayes began her coaching career in 2001 when she took over the Head Coach position with the Long Island Lady Riders of the USL W-League where she remained for three seasons, winning Coach of the Year honors in 2002. The team finished the season that year with an 11-3-0 record and advanced to the Conference Finals. From there Hayes would go on to coach at Iona College, Arsenal Ladies FC, Chicago Red Stars of the Women’s Professional League and finally Chelsea Ladies FC where she currently coaches in London. Her success with Chelsea led to her receiving the MBE Award from the Queen. In Hayes’ four years with the team she led the team to a record of 25-7-27, winning the League Trophy this past year. Hayes is known for her commitment and support of women’s soccer in England specifically, where she has successfully worked to make professional football a full-time paid position for women alike!