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Sean Nahas named head coach of North Carolina Courage

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North Carolina Courage interim head coach Sean Nahas has been tabbed as the club’s next permanent head coach, the Courage announced Wednesday.

Nahas, who has been with the club as an assistant since 2017, was named to the interim position in late September after former-coach Paul Riley was fired due to allegations of sexual and emotional abuse.

Players have twice advocated for Nahas to take over the role: once before he was named in the interim and the second after the fact, to assert he should take the job permanently.

“To be asked to be the next Courage head coach, here in my hometown, and to work with these amazing women has made me both humbled and honored,” Nahas said in a release. “I am excited for what the future holds and I thank Steve, Curt and all the players for trusting in me to help get our program back where we want to be.”

During his tenure with the Courage, the team has won two NWSL Championship titles, three NWSL Shields and an ICC Championship title.

Nahas had been previously linked to the Angel City FC head coaching job before the news leaked and fans critiqued the club for not hiring a woman. ACFC eventually hired Freya Coombe away from Gotham FC.

“Over the years, Sean has always been a great sounding board for players to turn to when we’ve needed supplementary information on a position or tactic,” NC Courage captain Abby Erceg said. “So it’s exciting for us to have the opportunity to fully tap into his knowledge and have him drive us forward. I’m excited to see how he establishes himself as a leader within the club and the league, and I’m looking forward to working with him again next season.”

After Nahas took over in September, he led the team into the NWSL quarterfinals where they lost to the eventual-champion Washington Spirit.

“We are excited for the future of the Courage with Sean at the helm,” North Carolina Courage owner Steve Malik said. “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.”