Boyds, Md. (Sept. 10, 2013) – The Washington Spirit announced today that Mark Parsons has been named the general manager and head coach of the Spirit, effective immediately. Parsons takes over from former general manager Chris Hummer who resigned last week. In addition, the Spirit promoted director of operations Ashlee Comber to vice president of operations. Both Hummer and Comber have local connections as Hummer was formerly the head girl soccer coach at Potomac Falls and Comber was the Tuscarora girls soccer coach.
In other news from the Spirit, former Broad Run High School and University of Florida standout Holly King was waived by the club, along with Lindsey Taylor.
“Lindsey and Holly worked tirelessly on and off the field all season, were very professional, and always gave their best to the team in the opportunities they received,” Parsons said. “We thank both players for their contributions and commitment during their time here in the 2013 season and wish each of them the very best in the future.”
Both Taylor and King were eligible for the 2013 Waiver Draft, but not selected by the other NWSL teams.
Parsons replaced Mike Jorden as head coach July 1 and helped the Spirit to a 2-7-2 record over the final 11 games of the regular season – including a three-match unbeaten run to finish the year.
Parsons led the D.C. United Women Under-20s to the 2012 National Championship finals and previously spent six years in multiple coaching roles at Chelsea FC in England, including time as the head coach of Chelsea Ladies Reserve.
The Spirit will return to action in the 2014 NWSL Season, as midfielder and Canada international Diana Matheson as well as U.S. international goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris will look to help Parsons improve on Washington’s eighth-place finish during the 2013 campaign.
Since joining the Spirit in 2013, Comber has overseen game day operations and assisted in day-to-day operations for the organization. Prior to the Spirit, she was the Director of Operations for the D.C. United Women’s W-League team. A graduate of Florida State University and women’s soccer alum, Comber holds a degree in Sports Management.
Season tickets for the Spirit’s 2014 season are now on sale. More information can be found at WashingtonSpirit.com/SeasonTickets.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON SPIRIT
The Washington Spirit are a women’s professional soccer team based at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. Launched in 2012, the Spirit play in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit washingtonspirit.com, follow the club on Twitter @WashSpirit and on Facebook at Facebook.com/washingtonspirit.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE
The NWSL is an eight-team league organized and administered by the U.S. Soccer Federation that will begin play in the spring of 2013. The eight founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), Seattle Reign FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.