Jim Gabarra Resigns as Head Coach of Washington Freedom
Boyds, MD (August 28)...Washington Freedom accepted the resignation of longstanding Head Coach Jim Gabarra earlier today. Gabarra's decision follows Freedom's first round elimination from the 2010 WPS Playoffs just over a week ago.
"On behalf of the Washington Freedom organization I would like to thank Jim for his dedication and commitment," said Mark Washo, Washington Freedom President and General Manager. "His vision to develop a progressive club concept from the youth level up to the WPS team has resulted in Freedom having one of the strongest women's soccer brands in the world. We wish Jim all the best with his future endeavors and know he will continue to be a dedicated advocate for women's professional soccer."
Jim Gabarra, began his career as the head coach of Washington Freedom in August 2000. He collected 65 wins during the 2001-2003 and 2007-2010 seasons. Gabarra coached the team to a 2003 WUSA Founders Cup Championship, as well as a 2007 W-League North American Championship.
"I wish to thank all my staff and all the players that I have had the pleasure of working with and coaching. You all have been tremendously supportive of me and have been a pleasure to work with," said Jim Gabarra. "Thank you John and Maureen Hendricks for allowing me to passionately pour my heart into building the Freedom over the past ten years. I am grateful that you have allowed me to contribute to the women's game here in the DC area and I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished on the field, as well as in the community. I cannot express in words how much I value what you have invested in the Freedom and women's soccer over the past ten years."
Freedom's search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
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