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Cat Whitehill returns to Boston Breakers as assistant coach

Longtime Breakers defender Cat Whitehill is back - this time on the other side of the bench.

Stephanie Yang

Boston Breakers fans remember Cat Whitehill as the centerpiece of the team's defense for several seasons, going back to WPSL Elite. Whitehill retired in 2015 after helping guide the team through some tumultuous times, including acting as player-coach in 2013.

Whitehill will now help the team prepare for the 2016 season, as well as act as a club ambassador, working to promote the Breakers and build relationships with sponsors.

"I've wanted to get into coaching for some time, and I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to take this step as a part of the Breakers family," Whitehill said via press release. "I look forward to learning from Matt (Beard), the other coaches, and the players. Furthermore, I am excited to help us capture a playoff spot and build towards a championship."

Whitehill was also team captain before her retirement and was often the voice of encouragement - or discipline - urging the team on. Her addition to the coaching staff seems like a good step in making sure the team maintains a line to the players through all the roster turnover.

Whitehill will also add to the small number of female coaches working in NWSL - Laura Harvey is currently the only female head coach in the league.

The NWSL season begins April 16, with the Breakers playing the Washington Spirit away. The Breakers home opener will be Sunday, April 24 against the Seattle Reign.