FC Edmonton Part Ways with Head Coach Colin Miller and Technical Staff
EDMONTON - FC Edmonton regretfully announces that following the discontinuation of its North American Soccer League (NASL) franchise operations, the club has released long-time head coach Colin Miller and team technical staff following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Technical staff for the club's academy continues in place.
Miller, who led the Eddies on the touchline for five seasons, departs as the club's longest-tenured head coach after having managed over 150 games for the club since arriving prior the 2013 NASL campaign on November 27, 2012.
"Colin brought his vast years of experience as a player and a coach to the Eddies, providing stability and a high level of professionalism to the club when it was needed the most during its early years," FC Edmonton co-owner Tom Fath said. "A champion for Canadian talent, Colin has played a vital role in the evolution of FC Edmonton into one of Canada's top professional sides. Not only that, he's been a terrific friend to me and everyone in the front office. Everyone involved with FC Edmonton thanks Colin for his years of service and wishes him the best of luck in his career."
"We appreciate so much the contributions of Colin and all the technical staff. We are heavy-hearted to have to take these steps, but with the decisions we have had to make in discontinuing the NASL franchise operations we have unfortunately had to release staff."
Miller took the reins at FC Edmonton after serving as Vancouver Whitecaps FC's assistant coach during the club's inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season in 2011, with previous coaching roles with the Victoria Highlanders and abroad with then English Premier League side Derby County.
During his tenure in Edmonton, the Eddies made the NASL semi-finals in 2016 following a record-breaking NASL season of 21 goals conceded in 32 matches. Two back-to-back Canadian Championship semi-finals for the Eddies under Miller in 2014-15 each came minutes from advancement against MLS opposition in the Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
The former Canadian international defender with 61 caps for his country also took the reigns of the Canadian Men's National Team as interim head coach in 2013 for the CONCACAF Gold Cup during his time with FC Edmonton.
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