CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Jan. 31, 2024) — Chattanooga Football Club announced today that the club has hired Katie Wright, nee Emig as goalkeeper coach ahead of the 2024 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season.
Wright will join new head coach Tom Halsall’s staff. She will work closely with new Director of Goalkeeping, Juan Carlos Garzon.
"Katie brings an extensive wealth and knowledge of expertise to our coaching staff," said Coach Halsall. "Katie's experience as a first class division 1 athlete will help our goalkeepers gain invaluable tips and tricks on what it takes to be successful at a high level."
Wright recently worked as a coach for FC Alliance, and recently played for Knoxville Force during the summer of 2023.
Wright expressed her goals and objectives ahead of the 2024 season.
“I want to focus on personal player development, but also build team morale and relationships," said Wright. “Being a good team-mate is always the number one priority.”
Wright is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). She is eighth on the Mocs’ career chart with 80 saves in two seasons, and she is tied for sixth at UTC for career wins.
During her time in the WPSL she won the 2015 southern conference title for Knoxville Force by saving three penalties in succession.
Wright played for UTC for two seasons after transferring from Austin Peay.
“Spending time with my team-mates are some of my fondest memories, but none of my childhood would’ve been possible without great coaches - some I even still keep in contact with today. They made such a lasting impact on me, and if I can do that for one player, that’s everything.”