Katie Rowson Appointed WSL Academy Technical Lead at Everton
Katie Rowson is relishing her next challenge as the new WSL Academy Technical Lead at English club Everton FC.
Football Careers client Katie, a UEFA A Licence holder, has an intriguing story after cutting her teeth as a coach in the United States before stints as Head Coach of the women’s national U17s and U20s teams with the British Virgin Islands.
That journey also saw her gain a B Licence from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and now Katie is charged with helping to develop homegrown talent to feed a powerful Women’s Super League (WSL) squad for The Toffees.
Everton lie sixth in the standings this season and Katie brings a wealth of experience to her new role. She joins from Coventry United where she was Assistant Manager, helping the Midlands club avoid relegation from the FA Championship last season despite a 10-point deduction with nine matches remaining.
Katie has also had significant roles with the likes of Chesterfield FC Women and Doncaster Rovers Belles FC. Now Katie has the responsibility of nurturing a pathway of talented players at Everton and she said:
“Everton already feels like being a part of the family and I can only thank everybody I’ve met for being so welcoming. I’m happy to be here and excited to work hard and make this Academy the best it can possibly be.
“The history of the club is absolutely huge. That was a big factor in my decision to come here. Everton Women have had a crucial role in the development of the women’s game in England. It has a rich history as a club, not only at performance level but also from an Academy level and bringing players through.
“That was a huge part of my decision to come here and also to ensure the pathway is accessible for our Academy players to progress into the professional game.”
Rowson has joined a club that practices what it preaches in the women’s game. On average, Everton has the youngest starting line-up of all the WSL clubs this season. Katie stressed:
“We already have evidence from this season of that pathway being visible. We’ve got players like Abby Clarke, Annie Wilding, Taylor Howarth and Kenzie Weir, who have all come through and who are getting not only minutes at training but also getting the opportunity to experience a matchday and play. That is absolutely brilliant. It shows the pathway is already there.”