Weeks after announcing the club’s newest head coach in Craig Harrington, the Utah Royals officially have a staff to join him. Louis Lancaster and Caitlin Young have been hired as assistant coaches, while Amy LePeilbet has added the role of director of professional development.
LePeilbet will add that role to her responsibilities as an assistant coach for the Royals’ first team and as the reserve team’s head coach. She will work with Young, who has also been hired as the youth technical director.
“We are very delighted with the additions of Louis and Caitlin, they each bring with them unique sets of expertise that will help us achieve our goal of becoming the best club in this league and the world,” Harrington said in a statement. “Louis is an imaginative coach who has a breadth of knowledge for the game from the youth all the way up to the professional level and Caitlin has extensive experience working with youth growth that will benefit us greatly in our quest to establish a true development pathway.”
Young joins the club from her role as the director of coaching at Utah Celtic FC and has spent her career focused on youth development in Utah. Lancaster’s last job was as the head coach of the Taiwan men’s national team, and he has experience coaching in China and as an academy coach in England.
LePeilbet, 37, has worked with the Royals since 2018. She is a former U.S. national team defender who was capped 84 times between 2004 and 2015, helping the Stars and Stripes win the Olympics in 2012. She was also a member of the FC Kansas City teams that won NWSL Championships in 2014 and 2015.
Additionally, goalkeeper coach Jason Batty and sports performance coach Andrew Wiseman remain with the club, and round out Harrington’s staff.