Pompey Women are delighted to announce Daisy Simms as head coach of the new senior Development Team.
The ex-Blues striker left England in 2012 for a football scholarship in the USA, beginning her freshman year at the University of Science and Arts in Oklahoma.
In 2013, she made the move to Jacksonville College in Texas and broke club records for fastest scored goal, fastest hat-trick and most goals in a game (five).
Following a career-ending back injury in 2014, her focus turned to coaching. She started as a student assistant coach at Delta State University, where she further graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.
"Our main aim is to hopefully feed young, up-and-coming players into the first team."
Daisy had short-lived roles at North Iowa Area Community College for 10 months and then moved on to West Liberty University, where she gained a master’s degree.
Simms said: “I’m incredibly excited. I think Portsmouth have been trying to set this up for a couple of years. For it to finally happen, and for me to come in, I’m really excited for the times ahead.
“I think it’s extremely important to have a Development Team, especially for a club like Portsmouth.
“Our main aim is to hopefully feed young, up-and-coming players into the first team to help them.”