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New England Revolution Announce Technical Staff Updates

June 5, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New England Revolution News Release

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution have hired Jarryd Phillips as Director of Sports Performance. Phillips joins the Revolution after nearly three years as Minnesota United FC's Director of Performance and Sports Science, and also previously served as a performance coach with the Seattle Sounders.

In addition, Assistant Coach Mike Lapper, who served as the club's interim head coach for three games prior to Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena's arrival, has left the club.

"Adding Jarryd's expertise in sports science and performance is a critical step toward growing the technical staff and evolving the soccer operations arm of the organization," Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena said. "His detail-oriented focus and data-driven approach were great assets to his previous clubs in Minnesota and Seattle, and I look forward to seeing him implement his program here in New England.

"I would also like to extend my gratitude to Mike Lapper for his contributions to the club," Arena added. "Mike's leadership, tact, and class during a transition period for the club were remarkable. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward."

Phillips joins the Revolution with six years of MLS, NASL, USL, and NCAA experience as a sports science and performance coach. He most recently established and directed all facets of the performance department for Minnesota United FC's first team and academy beginning in July 2016, implementing a data-driven approach prior to the team's inaugural MLS season. In that capacity, he oversaw all nutritional aspects of the squad, administered strength, fitness, and rehabilitation programs, and participated in daily training sessions.

Prior to joining Minnesota, Phillips spent nearly two seasons as a performance coach with Seattle Sounders FC from January 2015 through July 2016. Before entering the professional coaching ranks, he worked as an assistant coach at the University of Mary in North Dakota from 2013-14. Phillips began his coaching career with the Premier Development League's Thunder Bay Chill in 2012.

Jarryd Phillips's Coaching Background

New England Revolution - Director of Sports Performance


Minnesota United FC - Director of Performance & Sports Science


Seattle Sounders FC - Performance Coach


University of Mary - Assistant Coach


Thunder Bay Chill - Coach


Phillips earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maine before going on to graduate school at the University of Mary, where he received a master's degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. He holds USSF and UEFA coaching licenses, and is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). As a college player at the University of Maine, Phillips was named an All-American and earned an NAIA All-Tournament Team selection. He also competed in the PDL with the Thunder Bay Chill, as well as with Bidvest Wits (South African Premier League) and in the academies of Charlton Athletic and Sheffield United.

Lapper, who joined the Revolution as an assistant coach in November 2017, was named Interim Head Coach on May 9 following the dismissal of Head Coach Brad Friedel. In three games at the helm, Lapper led New England to an unbeaten 1-0-2 record. He was also on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the team's 2-1 win at LA Galaxy on June 2.

With the recent additions of Technical Director Curt Onalfo, Assistant Coach Richie Williams, and Phillips, as well as the departures of Lapper and Marcelo Neveleff (now with Orlando City SC), here is how the Revolution's first team technical staff stands as of Wednesday, June 5:

New England Revolution Technical Staff

Sporting Director & Head Coach

Bruce Arena

Technical Director

Curt Onalfo

Director of Sports Performance

Jarryd Phillips

Assistant Coach

Richie Williams

Assistant Coach

Kevin Hitchcock

Head Fitness Coach

Gabriel Martinez Poch

The Revolution will return to action on Tuesday, June 11 with a Fourth Round match in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, taking on the New York Red Bulls as MSU Soccer Park on the campus of Montclair State University. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET. All U.S. Open Cup matches are available live to subscribers on ESPN+.

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