Morace named T&T women’s head coach

Carolina Morace (pictured) was named head coach of Trinidad & Tobago women's national team on December 7, 2016. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago -- The Trinidad & Tobago Football Association announced Wednesday the appointment of Carolina Morace as head coach women’s national team and director of women’s football.

Morace, who signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, has achieved high levels of success as a player and as a manager.

The 52-year-old has spent most of the last three years in Australia, working with the National Premier League’s Floreat Athena men’s program as technical director and director of coaching, as well as Pro Soccer Coaching, a company that specializes in player development.

From 2009-11, Morace served as head coach of Canada women’s national team, leading it to the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship title and a place in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She also led the Canada under-20 women’s national team.

Additionally, Morace held the managerial reins of the Italy women’s senior squad and under-19 side from 2000-05.

In 1999, she became the first woman to coach a men’s professional team – Italy’s AS Viterbase.

On the field, Morace competed for Italy from 1978-97, scoring 105 goals in 153 appearances. She was the first player to net a hat-trick in a FIFA Women’s World Cup match, helping the Italians beat Chinese Taipei, 5-0, on November 17, 1991.