Former D.C. United midfielder Santino Quaranta will be the new technical director of the Washington Spirit’s Baltimore-based Development Academy program. Quaranta played for United, LA Galaxy, and New York Red Bulls during his eleven seasons as a pro in addition to earning 15 caps with the USMNT. Before accepting this new role, Quaranta had been an assistant with the Spirit’s under-15 DA team.
“I’m very excited to be involved with the Spirit brand and help create a world class environment,” Quaranta said in a press release. “The opportunity to work in the Girls’ DA helping players develop with a clear pathway to youth national teams and college is fantastic.”
In 2011, Santino Quaranta and his friend Sean Rush founded Pipeline Soccer, which is based in the Baltimore suburbs. Pipeline and Soccer Association of Columbia joined forces to form Baltimore Armour, the Spirit’s partner for their Maryland DA venture. This is the inaugural year of U.S. Soccer’s Girls Development Academy, and the Spirit will run DA programs in both Maryland and Virginia.
Former Washington Spirit assistant coach Denise Reddy was the technical director of the Spirit’s Development Academy’s Baltimore branch, but left after recently being appointed the head coach of Sky Blue FC.