- PositionHead Coach
Christy Holly enters his second season as Sky Blue FC head coach in 2017 after leading an entire cultural reorganization of the club in 2016, finishing just outside the playoffs with a cumulative 7-8-5 record.
A native of Ireland, Holly brings over 17 years of coaching experience to Sky Blue FC that spans across various levels in both the United States and his native country.
Prior to being promoted to head coach, Holly served as a top Sky Blue FC assistant for three seasons, also spending two years as an assistant coach at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. The Derry native has a longstanding reputation as a great talent evaluator and game strategist, which was on full display in his first season as Sky Blue FC boss. All four of the team’s 2016 NWSL College Draft picks became starters for the club, while open trialist Erin Simon was also an immediate entrant into the Starting XI. Additionally, first round selection Raquel Rodriguez won 2016 NWSL Rookie of the Year accolades, and the team now looks to build upon a young and exciting roster that was further strengthened this past offseason.
In addition to his coaching background, Holly earned his Bachelors Degree in Sports Science with Honors in Sports Psychology. He also worked previously as a coach and evaluator for the Bayern Munich National ID program, which is run in conjunction with Global Premier Soccer (GPS). Additionally, he played collegiately for John Moores University in Liverpool before joining the professional ranks with Limavady United in the top-level Irish Premier Division.