Soccer-Nahas named head coach of NWSL's Courage

FILE PHOTO: A shuttle bus for fans of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) team the North Carolina Courage waits to collect passengers ahead of the team's championship match against the Chicago Red Stars, in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amy Tennery

(Reuters) - The North Carolina Courage have named Sean Nahas as head coach, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) team said on Wednesday.

The Courage terminated the contract of former coach Paul Riley, who led them to back-to-back NWSL championships in 2018 and 2019, in September after an Athletic report outlined allegations of sexual coercion and misconduct.

Nahas, who has been with the team since 2017, took over as interim coach in September.

"Sean is a player-first leader who aligns with our vision of providing the very best resources for our players to improve and reach their highest potential," Courage owner Steve Malik said.

Team captain Abby Erceg said Nahas had been an excellent sounding board for the players.

"It’s exciting for us to have the opportunity to fully tap into his knowledge and have him drive us forward," the New Zealand international said.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York, editing by Ed Osmond)

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