Reports: England Snags Superstar Fitness Coach Dawn Scott From USWNT

Dawn Scott is leaving the USWNT after nine years as the head strength and fitness coach, leaving the U.S. for the England national team. Training Ground Guru first reported the move, with the England native set to become Phil Neville’s “Physical Performance Coach,” with an official announcement expected next week.

Dawn Scott was vital to the USWNT the last nine years as “High Performance Coach,” helping the Americans win two Women’s World Cups and an Olympic gold medal. Many called Scott the secret to the USWNT’s success, making this a big blow for the two-time reigning world champs.

Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl had previously reported Scott would stay with new USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski, but it appears the draw to return home to England was too much for Scott.

Scott trained the USWNT to peak physical fitness for nearly a decade, most under fellow Englishwoman Jill Ellis, who stepped down from the USWNT in October. Prior to that, Scott worked for the English FA for nine years. 

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The U.S. beat England 2-1 in the semifinals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Since then, Neville’s side has struggled mightily, losing the third-place match to Sweden and posting a 2-3-1 record in friendlies. Many have suggested Neville’s job is at risk, but the signing of Dawn Scott could help the Three Lionesses turn things around. 

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