CARY, N.C. (Jan. 19, 2023) – The North Carolina Courage and head coach Sean Nahas today announced the hiring of Fabrice Gautrat (FAH-breece GUH-traw) as a full-time assistant coach for the 2023 season. Gautrat brings NWSL and U.S. Youth National Team coaching experience to the technical staff, joining Nathan Thackery and Emma Thomson as full-time assistant coaches for the upcoming campaign.
Gautrat spent the last three seasons on staff with the Chicago Red Stars, including a full-time capacity in 2022. He also worked with youth club Chicago FC United from 2018-22, taking over as academy director in 2020 to lead the program through a transition to the highly competitive Girls Academy. He coached in the United States Youth National Team camp in June of 2019.
The addition of Gautrat brings the Courage technical staff to three full-time assistants under Nahas.
“We are thrilled to be adding Fabrice to our Courage staff. He is someone with great attention to detail along with a passion and commitment for player development. His knowledge and experience will greatly benefit our players as we continue to move forward with our club and into this new season,” said head coach Sean Nahas.
“What an honor it is to be a part of the NC Courage organization. Over the years, I have come to admire the club’s style of play and players’ competitive grit. I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to serving, coaching, and supporting the staff and players in making this the best environment possible,” Gautrat said.
The Santa Clarita, California native was a defender for the University of San Diego Toreros from 2006-07 before playing professional soccer in both France and the United States through 2015. He also spent time as an assistant coach with French club Olympique Lyonnais’ academy. Gautrat speaks four languages (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish) and holds a United States Soccer Federation A License.
ABOUT THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE: The North Carolina Courage are a Division I professional women’s soccer team and are in their seventh season of play in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The team was established in January 2017 after owner Steve Malik acquired the Western New York Flash following their 2016 NWSL Championship Season and moved the team to North Carolina. Since relocating to Raleigh, the NC Courage have won three NWSL Shields, the inaugural Women’s ICC Championship, the 2018 and 2019 NWSL Championships and, most recently, the 2022 Challenge Cup. For live game updates and more information on the NC Courage, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Courage Season Ticket Memberships and individual game tickets at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, can be found here.