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Philip Poole, March 2021

Philip Poole



Poole Will Join Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski’s Staff Full-Time

CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer has announced that Philip Poole has been named the full-time Assistant Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Poole joined head coach Vlatko Andonovski’s staff in January of 2020 and was the on staff for the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying tournament and the SheBelieves Cup, both won by the USA, but will now be full-time after leaving his job as the Associate Head Coach for the Wake Forest women’s soccer program.

Poole, 38, has extensive experience coaching experience with the U.S. National Team programs. He has been involved with U.S. Soccer since 2012, working numerous camps and events as a coach and scout from the U-14 level up to the senior National Team. He was the goalkeeper coach for the U.S. Under-20 Women’s World Cup Team in 2014 and from 2017-2019 was the goalkeeper coach for the U.S. U-23 WNT.

“Philip’s work ethic, analytical mind and personality makes him a great addition to our staff,” said Andonovski. “He has experience and an excellent rapport with our current pool of goalkeepers, and he understands the work it takes, from a coach and the players, to prepare elite goalkeepers for success.”

Poole has experience working with the Charlotte Independence and Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) and was also the goalkeeper coach for the Puerto Rico Men's National Team from 2011-12.

He also spent three years as an assistant coach at UNC Charlotte on the men's side as well as one year at Wingate, his alma mater.

He graduated from Wingate in 2004 and was four-year starter. Poole helped Wingate to a pair of conference titles, served as a two-year team captain, and was named to Wingate's All-Decade Team. He also earned conference Freshman of the Year honors his rookie season.

The Newcastle, England native played as a youth player with Newcastle United before spending three seasons with the Hull City AFC. He came to the USA to attend college in 2000 at the age of 18.

He holds a USSF National “A” license. He and his wife Melissa have three daughters.

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