Who is Sean Nahas? Meet the North Carolina Courage’s interim coach


Sean Nahas has been named interim head coach of the North Carolina Courage for the remainder of the NWSL season after Paul Riley was fired following allegations of sexual coercion and emotional abuse.

An assistant under Riley since 2017, Nahas has extensive experience across the club’s youth system, serving as the director of their Girls Development Academy. Currently, he is also the ECNL Academy Director of the North Carolina Football Club Youth. He’s also held coaching and scouting roles with the U.S. youth national teams.

Nahas was part of the coaching staff that helped the U-20 USWNT win the U20 Women’s CONCACAF Championship in 2015 and make it all the way to the semifinals of the 2016 U20 Women’s World Cup.

Additionally, he spent 13 years with the Capital Area Soccer League. During his time there, he helped more than 20 CASL players make both U.S. youth and full women’s national teams. More than 100 players he coached went on to play soccer in college.

As an assistant with the Courage, Nahas helped bring the club their first NWSL championship in 2018. The club won another title in 2019.

Back in July, it was reported that Nahas was in line to become the next head coach of Angel City FC. The reports set off a discussion about the lack of women’s coaches in the league and, following swift backlash by the team’s supporters, the club backtracked and hired Freya Coombe.

On Thursday, after the allegations surfaced against Riley, Nahas tweeted in support of Mana Shim and Sinead Farrelly, two players who were named in The Athletic’s article detailing Riley’s alleged history of abuse.

“To Mana and Sinead, your bravery and ability to come forward and use the power of your voice is extraordinary,” Nahas wrote. “What’s most important is that these players feel protected, powerful and valued, not powerless.”

The North Carolina Courage currently are third in the NWSL standings, having lost their last two games.