MIAMI – After leading Pachuca to a title and runner-up finish in the Liga MX Femenil’s inaugural season, Eva Espejo was named Tuesday the 2017 CONCACAF Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
Under the 31-year-old’s direction, Pachuca captured the 2017 Copa MX Femenil title (9-1 win v Club Tijuana in final) and finished as runner-up to Guadalajara in the 2017 Liga MX Femenil Apertura, after being edged, 2-3 on aggregate, in the two-leg final that drew a combined 61,241 fans.
This year, the award was changed to make any person coaching women’s football in the confederation – male or female – eligible for consideration. In the honor’s three-history, Espejo is the first club coach to earn the accolade.
In an equally-weighted vote among Member Association women’s and men’s national team coaches/captains, media and fans, Mexico head coach Roberto Medina and Costa Rica manager Amelia Valverde finished second and third, respectively.
CONCACAF Women’s Football Coach of the Year
List of Winners
2013: not awarded
2014: not awarded
2015: Jill Ellis (USA)
2016: Amelia Valverde (Costa Rica)
2017: Eva Espejo (CF Pachuca/Mexico)