Carrie O'Keeffe - Coach Profile

Carrie O'Keeffe

Current Valley position:  U15 Girls head coach, first year coaching with Valley 


What other roles have you been in/currently serve at Valley?

Parent to 2 Valley United players! We have been with the club for 4 years.


Please list any previous soccer playing history, college play if applicable, and any coaching licenses you currently hold:

  • Played at the College of William & Mary under legendary coach John Daly
  • Played professionally for the Washington Freedom in the WUSA with teammates Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach.
  • I am currently working towards my USSF C license.

Please list any other soccer coaching experience you've had/currently have: 

  • Head Women's Soccer Coach at Hollins University
  • Head Varsity Girls Soccer Coach at Patrick Henry High School
  • Soccer Shots Coach 

Do you have any other hobbies/interests away from soccer?

I love spending time outside with my husband, 3 kids, and dog. I also like trail running and reading.


Why did you choose to coach for Valley? What do you enjoy the most about coaching for our club? 

Before I became a Valley coach, my children played soccer for Valley. I appreciate that the club has a player first mentality.


Please highlight a favorite/memorable coaching moment you've had with the club. 

I don't have one standout memory. We had a wonderful season. I am so proud of our girls and the way they were committed to getting better each day. There were plenty of challenging times where they were there to support each other, but they also experienced several moments of accomplishment where they celebrated together, like winning the league championship! 


What is your coaching philosophy? How do you inspire your players to perform their best on and off the field? 

I am committed to a player centered coaching philosophy. My job is to create a safe environment where the players can push themselves and their teammates to get better. We want mistakes. We expect mistakes. That's how players will learn and grow. I do my best to coach them to be problem solvers and good decision makers. The players that play for me realize that it's their team. It's not my team. The values we emphasize are respect, honesty, integrity, trust, and hard work. While we talk about those values, it's even more important for me to model them.