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JILL LOYDEN JOINs SKY BLUE FC COACHING STAF

Christy Holly Names Internationally Renowned Greig, Former U.S. WNT Goalkeeper Loyden as Assistant Coaches

Morristown, N.J. (Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016) – Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) officially announced today that internationally renowned Paul Greigand former U.S. Women’s National Team and Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Jill Loyden have been named assistant coaches for the team by head coach Christy Holly.

“Both Jill and Paul are two coaches I am very much excited to work alongside,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “They will bring a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and energy to our team environment. I have no doubt that they will both be incredible assets as we set out to achieve success this season.”

Greig, 28, comes to Sky Blue FC with vast international coaching experience, including stops in his native Scotland, USA, England, Sweden, Spain and most recently in New Zealand, where he was the head coach of Northern Football this past season. In what was his first year at the position, Greig led Northern Football to the ASB Women’s League championship to become the youngest coach in New Zealand history to manage his club to a National League title (men’s or women’s team). By scoring 37 goals in just nine matches, Northern Football was also the highest scoring club in league history.

Possessing 14 years of coaching experience, Greig served in a number of roles at the youth academy level in New Jersey before returning home to Scotland in 2006, where he earned an appointment as the Grassroots Manager at Scottish Premier League powerhouse Heart of Midlothian. Additionally, he worked at East Fife Football Club while coaching at the youth development level for both organizations. Greig eventually moved to New Zealand in 2011 and joined the National Talent Centre as head coach, and he has remained with the group until making his most recent move to Sky Blue FC.

“I am excited to be joining Sky Blue FC and to work alongside Christy, Jill and the staff,” Greig remarked. “The NWSL is one of the best leagues in the world, and the opportunity to be working with such a fantastic playing group day in, day out was an opportunity I jumped at when talking to Christy. This season will be exciting, both on and off the field, and I cannot wait to be a part of the journey. Christy is focused on creating a fantastic environment for the club to succeed, and that energy and passion is something that excites me to be a part of.  I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the coming weeks and months ahead.”

A native of Vineland, N.J., Loyden rejoins Sky Blue FC in a new capacity by becoming an assistant coach. Her time with the club dates back to the origins of the franchise, when she was a goalkeeper for Jersey Sky Blue of the USL W-League. Collegiately, she was a three-time Big East Goalkeeper of the Year at Villanova University before being drafted by Saint Louis Athletica in the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) College Draft. The following season, she was signed by the Chicago Red Stars as their starting goalkeeper, compiling a 1.17 GAA (Goals Against Average) before bettering that number with a 1.13 GAA the next year for magicJack SC.

In international play, Loyden worked her way onto the U.S. Women’s National Team (U.S. WNT) scene in 2010, earning her first cap on October 1st of that year when she backstopped her team to a 2-1 victory over China. The following year, she earned a spot on the U.S. WNT roster for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, and she served as an alternate in London for the Gold Medal winning U.S. WNT side at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Loyden joined Sky Blue FC in 2012 as part of the U.S. WNT allocation and spent her final two years as a professional player with the New Jersey club. Over that pair of seasons, she registered a cumulative 8-7-6 record over 21 starts with five shutouts and 115 saves.

“I am really excited to join this staff and be back at the place where I finished my career,” Loyden stated. “I look forward to helping Sky Blue FC seek a second championship. I am excited to add to the goalkeeping environment and to really raise the level by giving back to our next generation of goalkeepers. It will be great to reunite with some of my old teammates such as Christie Rampone, and collaborating with her is something I truly value. I really want to do everything I can to help the organization do well while also raising awareness for women’s soccer in this area. New Jersey deserves a great soccer team, and I look forward to being able to add to that dynamic.”

Loyden is also the owner and operator of The Keeper Institute (TKI) in Sewell, N.J., which is an all-encompassing training school that aims to educate young aspiring goalkeepers in every component of the game. Additionally, she founded the Jillian Loyden Foundation in 2012, which was established with a mission to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people by empowering them and helping them find value in themselves. The JL Foundation hosts an annual “Break the Silence” Gala each year, conducted to raise awareness and empower people to help victims of domestic violence.

“We are delighted to add such incredible coaches, and great individuals, to our staff,” said Tony Novo, Sky Blue FC President & General Manager. “Ever since Christy Holly was appointed head coach of our club, he immediately indicated Paul and Jill as top targets to join his technical staff. Each brings their own unique perspective to the table, and we are excited for what the future holds as they lead Sky Blue FC onto the field this season.”

1 September 2015

The Keeper Institute is proud to welcome current professional goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart to the TKI coaching staff team! 

Nicole brings with her over 10 years of experience with the U.S. Women’s National Team, during which time she won 2 Olympic gold medals and 1 silver and 1 bronze World Cup medals.  She currently plays in the NWSL for FC Kansas City, who won the 2014 NWSL Championship.  She also played professionally in the WPS with FC Gold Pride (2010 Champions) for 2 years and with the Philadelphia Independence for 1 year.  She played collegiate soccer at Stanford University, where she had a standout career and set many records. She graduated in 2005 with a double degree—a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After graduation, Nicole was the Volunteer Women’s Soccer Coach at Stanford from 2005-2007 and from 2009-2015, where she helped the team win the NCAA Championship in 2011. She has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for FC Delco (2006), Boyertown Soccer Club (2010), and Stanford Athletics (2014). 

“I am so excited to be adding a friend and former teammate in Nicole Barnhart to our TKI family! Her experience and knowledge of the game are only exceeded by her passion to give back to the next generation of young players. Nicole has been successful at every level throughout her career, whether at the college, club, or international level; we are very much looking forward to adding such an incredible person, player, and coach to our staff who will add to the success of our young goalkeepers!” said Jillian Loyden, founder and director of The Keeper Institute.  

"I am very excited to join the TKI team, and especially to be working alongside my former teammate Jill.  I believe that we share a very similar passion about teaching young goalkeepers to reach their full potential as players on the field and as people off the field. I have been very blessed in my career and for the knowledge and experience I have gained over the years, and I am eager to share that with these youth who are the future.  I love the opportunity to coach and look forward to the chance to teach these young players the fundamentals of goalkeeping that are often overlooked, but more importantly to prepare them for future success in whatever they may pursue” said Nicole Barnhart. 

The Keeper Institute is an all-encompassing training school that aims to educate young aspiring goalkeepers in every component of the game. Our mission is to educate goalkeepers of all skill levels in the areas of technique, decision making, and strength and conditioning, all while equipping them with leadership skills, resiliency, and sportsmanship. TKI’s facility is located in Sewell, NJ, operating as the only goalkeeper-specific facility in the country.  


20 March 2015

The Keeper Institute is proud to announce our newest partnership with Mantua Township Soccer. Throughout the spring season we will be hosting all of our programming at the Mantua home fields; Chestnut Branch Park. TKI is extremely excited to be working with all of the goalkeepers in the Mantua club. Also, we will be hosting our First Annual Skills Competition at Chestnut Branch Park on June 14th, 2015! 

 

2 February 2015

Congrats to TKI goalkeeper Jess "Shae" Yanez for her first team selection to Pennsylvania's All State High School Soccer Team! Shae is committed to play at University of Tennessee in the fall.   Her unrelenting work ethic is what makes her one of the top goalkeepers in the country! 

5 January 2015

Congrats to TKI's Emily Camp on her South Jersey Coaches Association 3rd team selection!! We are so proud of you.  Keep working hard, your future has endless potential!  

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13 November 2014

Congratulations to TKI Goalkeeper Maddie Hardiman and the entire Rage FC Renegades on winning the 2014 New Jersey Youth Soccer State Cup! 

11 November 2014

A huge congratulations to Widener goalkeeper, Olivia Pfautz for being named to the All-Commonwealth Conference first team for the 2014 season! Click here to read more about 'Liv's' success this season! We're very proud of your hard work, dedication, and growth this year Liv!

November 2014

Congratulations to Jasmine Lewis who helped the '02 NJ Rush Hamilton Wildcats to a New Jersey Youth State Cup! 

15 September 2014

Congratulations to Widener's Olivia Pfautz on being named Commonwealth Conference Women's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week! Check it out here! Hard work pays off, and we're very proud of you Liv! 

17 September 2014

Click here to read a great article on TKI and TKI student Katie Pierson!