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Sky Blue FC, assistant coach David Hodgson part ways

The assistant coach was in his second year with the NWSL club.

Sky Blue FC and assistant coach Dave Hodgson have parted ways.
Katie Cahalin, The Equalizer (used with permission)

Multiple sources have confirmed to Once a Metro that Sky Blue FC and assistant coach David Hodgson have officially parted ways.

Hodgson has noticeably absent from the last two Sky Blue home games, indicating that the change transpired a couple of weeks ago. Sources have suggested that a difference in opinions and coaching techniques between Hodgson and head coach Denise Reddy motivated the assistant coach’s departure from the club.

“Our entire club thanks Dave for everything he has done for Sky Blue FC over the past two seasons. We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors,” Sky Blue FC said when asked for comment.

Hodgson, a Liverpool, England native, was in his second year with the club, having originally joined former head coach Christy Holly’s staff ahead of the 2017 season.

After Holly’s resignation midway through last season, Hodgson—along with the rest of Sky Blue’s coaching staff—shoulder collaborative coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the season. Sky Blue FC enjoyed a rather successful conclusion to their tumultuous season, going 3-2-1 for the six games following Holly’s departure.

The personnel change at Sky Blue marks the second time this season that an assistant coach has departed their team partway through the season, as Lisa Cole, previously on Houston Dash head coach Vera Pauw’s coaching staff, departed that club in April.

According to sources, Sky Blue does not plan on hiring a replacement.