The North Carolina Courage have announced that Scott Vallow will join the coaching staff for the 2017 season. Vallow was an assistant for the WNY Flash last year and managed the team for three games and the championship when coach Paul Riley was suspended from matches.
Vallow has extensive experience coaching and was with coach Riley in 2015 when they were both with the Portland Thorns. Riley commented about the hiring saying, "Scott has been a tremendous asset to the club and to bring him to North Carolina provides the team with a consistency of technical staff and a right hand man who is soccer savvy, knowledgeable, well loved and a superb human,.” Riley went on to note that "He is a workaholic, and our relationship is built on camaraderie, humor and ability to motivate our team day in day out. Fantastic to have him with the Courage, and I look forward to once again working with a great football professional."
The move shows the commitment of the NC Courage front office to try to retain the elements that made Western New York successful last year. The quality of the amenities that the NC Courage have to offer influenced his decision. Vallow mentioned that “One of the main reasons I’m so excited is because of the facilities. They are top notch.”
His experience as a player in the NASL with the Rochester Rhinos gave him a first hand look at both the facilities that the Courage share with North Carolina FC as well as the fans, which he described saying, “The fan base was pretty crazy when I played there, so I’m excited to be a part of women’s soccer coming back to the Triangle. I’m looking forward to putting a great product on the field that the fans can be proud of.”