In his first year with the Western New York Flash (now North Carolina Courage), Riley led the team to the 2016 NWSL Championship where they defeated the Washington Spirit 3-2 in penalty kicks to raise the trophy. Before coaching the Flash, he was the head coach of the Portland Thorns of the NWSL in 2014 and 2015.
The Liverpool, England native coached the Philadelphia Independence of Women’s Professional Soccer to back-to-back championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011. With a 26-16-3 record in his two years with the team, Riley was named the WPS Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
Before the Independence, Riley coached the Long Island Fury (WPSL) to a league Championship in 2006 and 2009, earning him the WPSL Coach of the Year Award in 2009. The team was Eastern Conference Champions four years in a row under his leadership and went 48-6-8.
Riley coached collegiately for CW Post from 1991-1997 and was awarded New York Regional Coach of the Year in 1991. With a 98-48-11 overall record, Riley was NYCAC Coach of the Year five times. He then moved on to coach the Long Island Rough Riders (USISL, USL D3 Pro), where he won the league championship in 2002.
His own professional playing career began in the United States where he played for the Long Island Rough Riders, Albany Capitals, New Jersey Eagles, Glen Cove, Hercules, and New York Atlas. He is the all-time leading assister for the Rough Riders.
Vallow was a member of the Championship-winning 2016 Western New York Flash (now North Carolina Courage) coaching staff and helped lead the team to its 3-2 win over the Washington Spirit in penalty kicks.
The California native played collegiately at Bowling Green University, where he made 85 starts as the team’s goalkeeper and was a member of the 1995 and 1996 teams that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Championship.
After his collegiate career, Vallow went on to have a successful career with the Rochester Rhinos. There, Vallow brought the team to the 2000 Championship, and he was also named the A-League Goalkeeper of the Year. Overall, Vallow made 167 appearances with the team as he was there from 2000-2002 and 2005-2010.
Vallow started his coaching career in 2011 after he retired from his playing days with the Raging Rhinos. He joined the coaching staff of the Flash and remained there until 2013. Next, he returned to the Rhinos, this time as an assistant coach, for the 2014 season.
In 2015, Vallow was an assistant coach with Portland Thorns FC before returning to the Flash for the 2016 season. Now, he is looking forward to the upcoming NWSL season.
Palladino was a long-time chief assistant coach to the University of North Carolina women’s soccer team. In 36 years with the Tar Heels, Palladino helped Anson Dorrance lead UNC to 22 national titles, which is more than every other school in the country combined. Palladino was awarded the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Award as the national assistant coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America following the 2012 season and was the key defensive mind behind the 1987 UNC team that allowed only two goals during the regular season.
Nahas brings 13 years of experience with Capital Area Soccer League (now North Carolina FC Youth) to the NC Courage. In addition to being an assistant coach for the NC Courage, Nahas will be a coach for the NC Courage Academy. He has held several leadership positions with CASL including Director of Girls Classic Soccer, ECNL Director, and Director of CASL Player Development. As ECNL Director, he helped CASL reach its highest ranking in USYS of No.7 nationally in 2010-2011. Nahas also has valuable US National Team coaching experience including assistant coaching positions with the U20 USWNT and U14 Youth National Team and serving as a US National Team Youth Scout.
Thackeray started his coaching career in 2011 after playing with England’s Bradford City from 2003-2006 and William Woods University from 2006-2010. He began with Young Harris College in Georgia, and then became the Head of Goalkeeping at the Houston Dynamo Academy in 2012. Most recently, Thackeray, a USSF licensed coach, was named the Director of Goalkeeping at CASL and with the Capital Area RailHawks Academy.