Empire United Soccer Academy

Empire United Announces Girls Academy Organization Appointment

Empire United Announces Girls Academy Organization Appointment

We are pleased to announce that Katrin Kaarna has joined the Empire United Girls Academy Technical Staff for the 2021-22 season. Kaarna will be assisting with the leadership of our Girls Pre-Academy Zone 1 Program as the Director, in addition to coaching within our Girls Academy Program.

Kaarna, a UEFA PRO License holder & USSF A License (Candidate) has spent 20+ years coaching in Europe and the United States. She holds a master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences from University of Tartu in Estonia. Kaarna has experience working with all levels of player development from International Coaching with the Estonia Women’s National Team through U12 players in Zone 1. She also brings an extensive background of what it takes to compete on a professional and international level. Her experiences as an international player with the Estonia Women’s National Team will be invaluable to the girls at Empire United. 

‘Empire United is thrilled to have Katrin joining the Empire GA Family. As a player-centric club we are always looking to work with the top coach-educators in Western NY & the Northeast. Katrin exhibits a true passion for player development at the highest levels of the youth game. Her dedication to creating a positive learning environment for girls in the region was apparent to our leadership committee. I look forward to seeing her work with Empire United players and helping them realize their potential on and off the field.’ – Louis Guilfoil (Girls Academy Director)

‘At Empire United we are committed to providing all of our players the best resources we can across all of our Programs and teams. The addition of Katrin to our Girls Academy Technical Staff represents exactly that. She has great educational and coaching credentials, is a role model educator, a motivated coach focused on player development across all age groups and an outstanding example for all girls, that hard work will help you reach your goals.' – Rick Lill (Executive Director)

Please join us in welcoming Katrin to the Empire United Family!