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John Harkes Named League One's Coach of the Year

November 12, 2020 - United Soccer League One (USL1) - Greenville Triumph SC News Release

Greenville, SC - Greenville Triumph SC Head Coach John Harkes led his side within one win of claiming a title in its 2019 inaugural season. This year, there would be no denying them.

Harkes was named USL League One's Coach of the Year after leading his side to its first title. Finishing six points clear at the top of the regular season standings, Greenville sat in first place throughout the campaign from its regular season victory on July 18 to its finale on October 24.

Founded once again on a strong defensive base, Greenville controlled its place at the top of the standings thanks to a pair of six-game undefeated streaks during the shortened 16-week season. The first put Triumph SC on top as it won five of its first six games to start the season that saw players like Noah Pilato, Lachlan McLean and JJ Donnelly come through with key goals in 1-0 victories.

The second sealed first place in the league standings as Harkes' side reeled off a five-game winning streak that saw the attacking tandem of McLean and Alex Morrell provide the goals ahead of a back line led by goalkeeper Dallas Jaye and defender Brandon Fricke, both of whom were honored earlier this week. Greenville's dominating 4-1 victory on the final day of the season concluded an outstanding campaign steered by Harkes' steady hand.

Recognition for his coaching abilities is nothing new to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer. In 2016, he was a finalist for the Championship's award after an outstanding inaugural season with FC Cincinnati as well as last year in League One for his exploits in Greenville's first season.

He walks away with the prize in 2020, having built a foundation in two years that looks set to see the Triumph thrive for many years to come. Harkes earned 79 percent of the vote to earn the award. Greenville has now claimed three of five end of the year awards with Most Valuable Player and Young Player of the Year still to be determined.

The 2020 USL League One Awards were voted on by team technical staffs and executives. Voting was conducted following the conclusion of the 2020 League One regular season.

2020 USL League One Award Winners:

Goalkeeper of the Year: Dallas Jaye

Defender of the Year: Brandon Fricke

Coach of the Year: John Harkes

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