(Oct. 25, 2013) - The Boston Breakers on Friday named defender Cat Whitehill as assistant coach for the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League season. She will serve as a player/assistant coach.
As team captain during the 2013 NWSL season, Whitehill started all 22 games for the Breakers. She logged 1,978 minutes – fourth most in the league – while playing all but two minutes of the regular season.
The Birmingham, Ala. native joined the Breakers in 2012 and tallied one goal and two assists last season in her second year with the team.
"I am beyond thrilled to help the team, not only as a player, but now as an assistant coach,” Whitehill said. The Breakers organization is one of the best, and I am just grateful to be able to represent them. I am extremely excited to learn from Tom Durkin. He is one of the greatest soccer minds in the country, and I can’t wait to get better as a player and now learn how to be a great coach."
Whitehill was named interim coach Aug. 2 after the Breakers parted ways with coach Lisa Cole. As player/interim coach, the 31-year-old guided the Breakers to a 2-1-1 record in the final four games of the regular season.
Cat Whitehill will serve as player/assistant coach this upcoming season (Photo By Mike Gridley)
“I am pleased to continue my working relationship with Cat Whitehill,” Boston Breakers coach Tom Durkin said. “I feel very fortunate to have such a good leader and role model for our team and our community. Cat has the trust and respect of the players and staff, and I will still be counting on her experience as the captain and as a coach on the field.”
Durkin joined the team as an assistant coach near the end of the 2013 season and he and Whitehill worked together for the final two weeks of campaign as the Breakers finished fifth with an 8-8-6 record and 30 points, six points shy of the fourth and final playoff spot.
“Cat is not only a fantastic player, she has the natural leadership skills and knowledge to be a very good coach,” Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “She understands the game, players, the league, and the collegiate programs. She will be a perfect assistant to Tom. They complement each other very well and proved that during the final few weeks of the 2013 season. We will look to add one more coach to partner with Tom and Cat to complete a strong coaching group at our organization.”