Former USA U-17 women’s assistant coach and veteran National Women’s Soccer League mentor Lisa Cole has been confirmed as the new head coach of the Digicel Fiji national women’s team. 

With a managerial record stretching back to 1997 in the American university system, Cole brings with her a wealth of experience and is no stranger to football in Oceania, having previously coached the Papua New Guinea U-20 women’s team when the nation hosted the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup™ in 2016. 

Most recently she served as the coach of the Antigua and Barbuda women’s team.

The appointment of Cole, who replaces former coach Marika Rodu, was announced by Fiji Football Association President Rajesh Patel during the FFA 83rd Ordinary Congress in Lautoka last week. 

The American will take charge of the team for the OFC Women’s Nations Cup 2022, as Fiji vie for a spot at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, which will be hosted in Australia and New Zealand.