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Seattle Reign FC Legend: Amy Griffin

Prior to Saturday night’s match against the Orlando Pride, Reign FC recognized Amy Griffin as a Seattle Reign FC Legend, celebrating a lifetime of work growing the women’s game in the United States.

Amy Griffin has played, and succeeded, at every level of soccer in the United States. Soccer always gave Griffin the chance to express and learn more about herself.

“I was an extremely shy kid,” said Griffin. “One of the places I found my voice, confidence, and leadership skills was in sports. You don’t learn those skills anywhere as intimately as you do in sports.”

After dominating soccer at the collegiate level with Michelle Akers and the UCF Golden Knights, Griffin moved on to play goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Griffin was with the USWNT from 1987 to 1991, and was a member of the historic 1991 squad that won the first ever Women’s World Cup. With her playing days behind her, the Washington native moved into the coaching ranks.

“I needed to find a way to fuel my passion for soccer,” said Grififn. “I had no idea helping collegiate student-athletes find their path would be equally, if not more, fun than playing in goal.”

Before joining the University of Washington staff in 1996, Griffin coached at the University of New Mexico, San Diego State, Santa Clara, and Central Florida.

While at Washington, Griffin would mentor goalkeeper Hope Solo. Helping young female soccer players to chase their dreams has always been an aspiration for Griffin.

“Dreams are lofty, extraordinary and fantastic, but the true gifts in aiming high and working for something are the tools, experience, and friendships you gain,” said Griffin.

Griffin has worked for many U.S. youth national teams over the years, and is currently the goalkeeper coach for the United States under-20 women’s national soccer team. She is also the head coach of the United States deaf women’s national soccer team, who just returned from Italy after winning their second-straight Deaf World Cup

As a long-time mentor and coach, Griffin feels the presence of Reign FC in the Seattle soccer community is an invaluable one.

“When they [Reign FC players] are not cheering they are coaching and providing great mentorship in the community,” said Griffin. “I wish this team was around when I was growing up, but am thankful to have the experience of a women’s pro team in Seattle even now. When you see how awesome each of these players are inside and out, it’s even more fun to raise your scarf at kick off.”

The Legends campaign is a partnership between Seattle Reign FC and Chihuly Studio. At each regular season game, Reign FC honors one woman as a Seattle Reign FC Legend in recognition of her extraordinary contributions in our community and beyond. To celebrate the achievements of each Reign FC Legend, Dale Chihuly crafted the Reign Royal Blue Piccolo Venetian, which is symbolically presented to each Seattle Reign FC Legend.