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Head Coach & Technical Director Troy Lesesne to Depart Club

November 5, 2021 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - New Mexico United News Release

New Mexico United Head Coach/Technical Director Troy Lesesne will not continue with the club. Lesesne is United's first head coach and leaves the club with an incredible legacy of on and off the field success, and community impact.

"My three and a half years of building this club from the ground up have been the most fulfilling of my career and I'm proud of the work we've done both on and off the field. Pete and I discussed returning for a 4th season and while there's more I'd like to accomplish with the club, the time felt right for me personally and for the club to move in a different direction. I'm forever grateful to Pete and this community for entrusting me to lead this club and look forward to what the future holds for New Mexico United."

"Troy Lesesne has been a foundational member of this club and community since day one," said New Mexico United Owner/President Peter Trevisani. "His tireless work ethic, on and off the field, has built an incredible culture, and our club wouldn't be where it is today without his drive, compassion and care. Despite all of those accomplishments, Troy is an even better human. He has left United, and all those he has touched in New Mexico, in a better place. We have been fortunate to be a part of Troy and Amanda's lives, especially when they welcomed Drew to their family. No matter where they live, we will always think of them as New Mexicans. While perhaps not together, I know there will be many championships ahead for both New Mexico United and Troy Lesesne."

Lesesne led United to postseason berths in 2019 and 2020, a 2020 playoff win, his USL Championship Coach of the Year Award in 2020, playing the entire 2020 season on the road, and achieving the greatest US Open Cup run in USL Championship history for an expansion franchise in 2019. He also played a crucial role in creating opportunities for players, including the signing of homegrown 17-year old Cristian Nava to a professional contract, the signing of five more players to USL Academy Contracts, the addition of Amando Moreno to the El Salvador National Team, and the promotion of Cody Mizell to NYCFC.

Lesesne has achieved much off the field in building an ethos and foundation for United to grow upon in the coming years, as well. He is responsible for establishing United's Diversity Fellowship Program - which elevates the voices of and builds opportunities for marginalized people in sports - through the Somos Unidos Foundation. Lesesne also was crucial in launching one of the few fully scholarshipped academy programs in the nation - The New Mexico United Academy. That team - made up entirely of New Mexicans - qualified for the USL Academy Playoffs in just their first season. He is also responsible for the hirings of Heather Dyche and Itamar Keinan, two technical staff members that are crucial to the success of the club, and will continue to be going forward.

Most importantly, Lesesne created the ethos on which United prides itself and operates every day. Hard Work, Humility, and Diligence are the three pillars that this club will continue to stand upon as they move into the next chapter. United is incredibly grateful to Troy, Amanda, Drew and the entire Lesesne family for their dedication to and love for our community. Wherever their journeys take them, they will always be New Mexicans.

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