USWNT names Houston Dash’s Twila Kilgore as assistant coach

Houston Dash assistant coach Twila Kaufman enters the field before a game between NJ/NY Gotham City FC and Houston Dash at BBVA Stadium on August 1, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Trask Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

The United States Women’s National Team has appointed Twila Kilgore as an assistant coach, U.S. Soccer announced Friday.

Kilgore enters her role with USWNT after serving as an assistant coach with the Houston Dash for two and a half years, helping the team to a Challenge Cup victory in 2020.

Working intimately with U.S. Soccer’s Women’s Youth National Teams, Kilgore most recently acted as the U.S. Under-23 WYNT coach during January’s camp in Austin, Texas.

“We’re excited to have Twila join us in this important year for the National Team as we build up our technical staff for World Cup and Olympic qualifying this summer,” said Andonovski. “She has an intense passion for the game and for coaching, and her desire to always keep learning and growing fits in perfectly with our staff.”

Prior to her work in the NWSL, Kilgore coached extensively at the collegiate level. She served as the head coach at the University of California, Davis from 2014-2019 and as an assistant coach and associate coach from 2004-2014 at Pepperdine University.

The former University of Arizona soccer star is the first American-born woman to earn U.S. Soccer’s Pro Coaching License, which she attained in 2021, earning her U.S. Soccer “A” License in 2010.

“These are the kinds of opportunities and challenges that are energizing to embrace,” said Kilgore. “I know that every player and coach who I’ve worked with on my journey is a part of who I am today and I can’t wait to get started with this amazing staff and this elite group of world class players.”

Kilgore joins assistant coach Milan Ivanovich and goalkeeper coach Philip Poole on head coach Andonovski’s full-time USWNT staff.