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Austin Bold FC Announces Ryan Thompson as New Head Coach

September 4, 2021 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Austin Bold FC News Release

AUSTIN, TX - Austin Bold FC, Austin's USL Championship soccer team, has named Ryan Thompson as its new head coach, effective immediately. Coach Thompson has been promoted to head coach from his former role as assistant coach and goalkeeper director for the Bold. Former head coach, Marcelo Serrano, will take on the role of sporting director for Austin Bold FC.

"We could not think of anyone more deserving or qualified to be head coach of the soccer team we built from scratch in 2018," said Austin Bold FC Sporting Director Marcelo Serrano. "I'm proud to be part of an organization that empowers the leaders within to grow in their careers, and I know Coach Thompson will help the team continue to succeed."

On and off the field, Ryan Thompson is seen as a community leader who dedicates himself to bettering the lives of Austin's youth through the game of soccer. In addition to his role as assistant coach and goalkeeper director for Austin Bold FC since 2019, Coach Thompson serves as a coach to local youth players at the Lonestar Soccer Club, which strives to develop local soccer players and help them succeed as they grow older. He also mentors young goalkeepers at his company, RTG Academy, an organization that aims to motivate and inspire goalkeepers to improve their skills through mastery of the basics and a positive mindset.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Thompson earned 13 caps with the Jamaica national team, collecting six wins in eight starts. He has played professionally for ten years, including with Central FC of the TT Pro League in Trinidad and Tobago. He made his professional debut in 2011 with Shamrock Rovers FC of the Irish Premier League, helping guide the club to a league championship. While with the Rovers, he appeared in the Europa Cup and became the first Jamaican to play in the UEFA Champions League.

Thompson currently holds a USSF Class A Coaching License and has been coaching for over 10 years across the nation. He started his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Tampa, in 2010. From 2017-2019, he concurrently served as director of goalkeeping for the West Florida Flames Development Academy and goalkeeper coach at the University of South Florida.

As Ryan Thompson makes his shift to head coach and becomes the 1st Jamaican head coach in the history of the USL Championship league, Marcelo Serrano will act as sporting director for the Bold. In this role, Serrano will employ a vision of the club while still continuing to help the coaching staff and organize future endeavors and the overall direction of the club.

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