Metuchen, NJ — After a successful first season in the UWS Central Conference, the KC Courage announced last October the addition of a second team set to play in UWS League Two (UWS2). Coach Katie (Kelly) LaForge will round out the all-women coaching staff as she takes the lead of the KC Courage reserve team that will make their debut this summer.
Coach Katie LaForge not only brings proven coaching experience, but tremendous playing experience as well. Prior to the start of her coaching career, Coach Katie played collegiately at Marquette University and has played professionally for six seasons all over the globe. She began her professional career in Sweden, playing for Kristianstad in 2010 and Stockholm in 2011. The 2012 season was spent in Leipzig, Germany before returning to Kansas City with FC Kansas City in 2013. Her last two seasons were spent in Finland in Kokkola and Aland.
Coach Katie transferred her pro to amateur status and played for the KC Courage in 2017. She also served as KC Courage Head Coach in 2018 and Assistant in 2019, before hitting the field again as a UWS player in 2021.
Commenting on the appointment, owner, Wendy Louque, said: “We are delighted to welcome Katie back to coaching with us. She’s a fierce competitor and positive role model on and off the field with proven coaching experience at both the pro-am and collegiate level. It is impressive how she turned the Avila University Women’s Soccer program around in just a few short years proving that positive coaching and the nurturing of relationships can make all the difference on the field”.
KC Courage UWS Associate Head Coach, Candice Fabry, added “The addition of Katie to the 2022 KC Courage staff is a huge benefit to our players and the development opportunities they will receive this summer. Her depth of experiences as a professional player will bring valuable insight and knowledge directly to Courage players with aspiring professional playing goals. In addition, Katie has a brilliant soccer mind and will contribute greatly to the impact our coaching staff has on and off the field for these young women.”Tryouts for KC Courage UWS and USW2 teams will be held Sunday, May 1, 2022. For more information on KC Courage, visit their official website at www.kccourge.com. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.