U.S. Soccer will not only be searching for a new U.S. women’s national team head coach but also a new general manager of the program.
Kate Markgraf, who served as GM over the past four years, will step down from her current position, the federation announced Friday. She will provide support through the end of the month to assist in the transition, the federation added.
“Kate has been an instrumental part of Women’s National Team both on and off the field for many years, and we’re very thankful for the tireless work she has given to the USWNT and all our Youth National Teams,” said U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Matt Crocker. “We wish her all the best in her future endeavors and look forward to building on the foundation she helped establish over the past several years.”
Markgraf was named as the first General Manager of the USWNT in August 2019. She took on the responsibilities of working with the head coach [Vlatko Andonovski] in creating, executing and monitoring technical plans for the USWNT and all U.S. youth national teams.
Markgraf was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame earlier this year after representing the USWNT in 201 matches. She lifted one World Cup title in 1999 and won two Olympic Gold Medals (2004 and 2008).
“It has been an incredible honor to work with the players, coaches and staff at U.S. Soccer on the mission of keeping our program at the top of the women’s game,” said Markgraf. “I am proud of the foundation we have built, and even more proud of the character and commitment demonstrated by our players as they represent the United States on and off the field. I look forward to supporting all of our programs and have every confidence that we will maintain our standards of excellence moving forward.”
U.S. Soccer also parted ways with USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski after the Americans’ disappointing exit from the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.