Erin Fahey named women's soccer goalkeeper's coach
Former WUSA player joins Hokie coaching staff
August 11, 2003

BLACKSBURG - Erin Fahey, a former goalkeeper for the WUSA Washington Freedom, is the new women's goalkeeper coach at Virginia Tech. First-year Hokie head coach Kelly Cagle announced the addition to the coaching staff this week.

"Erin and I grew up playing competitive soccer together," said Cagle. "We are looking forward to once again joining forces here at Virginia Tech. I will look to Erin's experience, both as a coach and a former professional goalkeeper, to enhance our goalkeeping position and to add to the overall leadership of our staff."

Fahey, a native of Tucson, Ariz., and a graduate of the University of Portland (Ore.), is an experienced keeper who has played and coached at the highest levels throughout her career. While playing at Portland from 1991-1994, Fahey was named a Soccer News All-American as well as an NSCAA All-American while leading her team to an appearance in the National championship game.

Fahey has also gained experience on the professional level, playing with the FC "Energy" in Russia in 1998, as well as serving as goalie for the Freedom in 2001 and 2002. She guided the Freedom to a runner-up spot in the 2002 Founder's Cup and helped the "Energy" capture the Russian League Championship in 1998.

Prior to being drafted in the sixth round by the Washington Freedom, Fahey was serving as an assistant coach at the University of Utah. She has received her National "C" license in 1998 and her National "B" license in 2001. Fahey was involved with Oregon's Olympic Development Program from 1997-1999 and also coached at the Region IV ODP Camp in 2000. In addition, Fahey also lent her expertise at FC Portland Academy and the Bill Irwin Goalkeeping School from 1992-1998.

She graduated from Portland in 1996 with a degree in Life Science and also earned her master's degree in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport from Utah in June 2003. She was a graduate assistant for the Utes from 1999-2001, handling several duties including keeper training.

Fahey joins Cagle and her husband, assistant coach Dan Cagle, on the Virginia Tech women's soccer staff. The Hokies open the 2003 season Aug. 30 at George Mason.