Jimmy Coenraets and Sam Lismont strengthen the coaching staff of Utah Royals FC

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June 7, 2024 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
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HERRIMAN, Utah – Utah Royals FC announces two new assistants to Head Coach Amy Rodriguez’s staff. Jimmy Coenraets (Assistant Coach) and Sam Lismont (Performance Coach/Analyst) will join the Royals pending visa approval.

Coenraets brings experience as a head coach to the staff, having recently held the position of women’s manager at OH Leuven in Belgium. The Brusseleers assistant obtained a degree in marketing and international football business from the University of Brussels and an A-coaching license.

Bringing nearly a decade of women’s soccer experience to the youngest roster in the NWSL, Coenraets entered the professional world in 2016. When Coenraets took over his previous club in 2020, they were in last place in the competition. In Coenraet’s second season as manager, he turned OH Leuven into a title contender and was named Belgian Pro League Manager of the Year.

“I am a very direct coach who wants to push players and help them find their best version and fit within a group,” said Coenraets. “The conversations with Kelly showed that everyone within the club is on the same page and that the club has big plans for women’s football for the future. As a team, I hope to have an impact on the structure, strategy and level of play of the team.” assistant coach. By joining the Royals and the NWSL, I can further develop in a strong environment. I’m looking forward to being on the pitch and putting in performances for the fans to enjoy.

Lismont also strengthens the Royals staff from OH Leuven. The Belgian assistant’s coaching career started in 2019 after obtaining a UEFA-A diploma and subsequently took over the position of Head of Analysis and Academy Analyst at Sint-Truiden VV.

After one year at Sint-Truiden, VV Lismont moved to OH Leuven as a video analyst for the first women’s team. Another change came for Lismont in 2022 when he became head of video, performance analyst for the men’s U23 team and performance analyst/assistant coach for the women’s first team. Lismont held this position until his move to Utah.

“Everything starts with a clear vision, translated into clear principles,” says Lismont. “as an analyst I want to support the staff and players in developing this playing style based on a symbiosis of vision and player profiles”

Utah Royals FC currently sits at 1-9-1, 14th in NWSL and eight points behind the current playoff line. The Royals return to America First Field on June 8 to take on Washington Spirit in a Pride Night Celebration. Tickets are available at

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