Current Husky Amanda Perez will join her sister Veronica Perez on the full Mexican national team at the prestigious Algarve Cup.
Washington Head Coach Lesle Gallimore announced that Brendan Faherty has been hired as an assistant coach.
Brendan Faherty was hired in February of 2013 as an assistant coach. He comes to Washington with experience as a head coach in Division II and an assistant at UMass.
"It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Brendan Faherty to the University of Washington women's soccer staff," said Gallimore. "We had a terrific pool of candidates for this position which made the process difficult, but Brendan rose to the top."
"We feel fortunate to be getting a coach for our assistant position with the breadth of experience that Brendan possesses. He's been a Division II head coach and is currently an Associate Head Coach who has had a terrific impact in a short period of time for the UMass women's program."
Faherty spent three seasons at UMass, the last in which he was promoted to Associate Head Coach. During his time in Amherst, the Minutewomen went 31-26-3, including 14-5-2 in 2011. The 2011 team also advanced to the Final of the Atlantic-10 Tournament, losing to Dayton.
Faherty came to UMass after serving as head coach at New Haven for eight seasons where he became the winningest coach in program history with 82 career victories. He led the Chargers to six straight postseason berths and the school's first two appearances in the Division II NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2005. That season, Faherty was recognized as the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after also leading the team to the league's regular season crown.
"I am grateful to Lesle Gallimore, Amy Griffin, and the entire search committee for giving me this great opportunity to be a part of the University of Washington family," said Faherty. "From the moment I stepped on campus, it was obvious that Lesle and Amy have built a special program at UW and I am excited to now be a part of it. I am looking forward to the challenge of competing in the Pac-12 and helping the Huskies win championships."
As a player at Northeastern, Faherty was a four-year starter and three-year team captain for the Huskies. The team MVP earned America East All-Conference and All-Tournament honors as a senior and participated in the New England Senior Bowl. Following college he played one year with the Cape Cod Crusaders of the USL.
Faherty replaces former assistant Jim Thomas who left to become the head coach at Boise State.
"In addition to his experience, Associate Head Coach, Amy Griffin and I felt that Brendan's energy and enthusiasm for being a part of the Pac-12 conference and our winning traditions at Washington lead us to choose him as our next assistant coach," said Gallimore. "He has enjoyed recruiting success at UMass and has extensive international ties. He will certainly be able to hit the ground running here at UW and we look forward to our players and the rest of the Husky family getting to know him."
"Brendan will bring a fresh perspective to our program and at the same time embrace what we have established here. We couldn't be more excited to have him on board."