Vlatko Andonovski was introduced to the media as U.S. Women’s National Team head coach at Hotel Eventi as U.S. Soccer made his appointment official Monday afternoon.
Andonovski succeeds Jill Ellis, who directed the Americans to consecutive Women’s World Cup title, the most recent one in France this past summer.
The 43-year-old Andonovski became the ninth coach since the team was created in 1985, joining (in chronological order): Mike Ryan, Anson Dorrance, Tony DiCicco, April Heinrichs, Greg Ryan, Pia Sundhage, Tom Sermanni and Ellis as fulltime head coaches. Lauren Gregg coached the team on an interim basis twice.
A native of Macedonia, Andonovski emigrated to the United States and played indoor soccer for several years. He went on to coach the Kansas City Comets before joining FC Kansas City in the National Women’s Soccer League for five years.