Revs bring on former player Heaps as head coach

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Revs bring on former player Heaps as head coach

The New England Revolution introduced new head coach Jay Heaps today.

The name sound familar? It should. Heaps played for the Revolution from 2001 to 2009, a span of 243 games. That number of games is a Revolution record.

Heaps, a defender, had 17 career goals spanning from 1999-2009. He was part of three Revolution teams that made it to the MLS Cup.

A New England native, Heaps graduated from Duke University in 1998. He was named the MLS Rookie of the Year with the Miami Fusion before being traded to the Revs in 2001.

He spent last season as the color commentator for Revs games on Comcast SportsNet New England, but is ready to make the giant leap to coaching.

"Now, if I sat here and said that I was honored to take this job, that would be a complete understatement," Heaps told reporters at Gillette Stadium early Wednesday. "I think its pretty clear that I grew up in this area, I was born and raised in this area, so I think my heart has always been with this organization. There hasnt been a time on the field as a player for nine years here where I didnt want to win for this family or win for this organization. To me that meant everything to me. "

Heaps takes over a Revs team in desperate need of help, and will have to get started soon if there's to be any real progress next season.

Let the real tests begin.

"I want to make sure Im bringing in the right players," Heaps said of challenges he expects to face early on. "Like I mentioned, theres a nucleus of players, theres a core group of players, but now we have to add to that. We have to make sure this team knows that were not thinking three-four years (down the road), were thinking now.

"Were thinking how do we add the right players and the right chemistry to build this team from day one. Thats the challenge. Thats what Im excited about. I think as an analyst its easier to pick the holes, but now as a coach you have to fill those holes."

Revs announce Heaps’ firing, name Soehn interim coach

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Revs announce Heaps’ firing, name Soehn interim coach

Tom Soehn will take over as interim coach of the New England Revolution for the remaining five matches of the MLS season after the team confirmed the firing of Jay Heaps with an announcement on Tuesday.

Ives Galarcep of Goal USA was first to report Heaps’ firing on Monday. 

The decision to move on from Heaps comes after two back-to-back losses, one of which was a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Atlanta United. New England is 10-14-5 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Revs next play Saturday at 5 p.m. against Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium. 

Heaps had been the Revs head coach since 2011, the longest tenure in team history, and was 75-81-43 in the regular season. He also led the Revs to the MLS Cup Final in 2014 where they lost to the LA Galaxy.

“Jay has done a great deal for the club over the years and had considerable achievements. I have great respect for him and wish him well in the next steps of his career,” said Revs general manager Michael Burns. “This decision has not been taken lightly, however, we need to do better than the results have shown from the last couple of seasons and this season left us convinced we need to go in a different direction.”

Heaps has been a central figure in 15 of the Revolution's 22 seasons in MLS, including nine years as a defender for the team from 2001-09. He played a part in all five of the Revolution's Eastern Conference championships, four as a player, and helped lead them to the U.S. Open Cup Final on three occasions, including the club's victory in 2007.
 
“Jay gave the club his all as a player and coach, and we are thankful to him for all his passion and hard work,” said Revs team president Brian Bilello. “We will always be grateful for his efforts in bringing us back to both an MLS Cup final and a U.S. Open Cup Final and wish nothing but the best for him moving forward.”

Soehn was in his fourth season as an assistant coach after joining Heaps’ staff in January 2014. Soehn has been an MLS player, assistant coach, head coach, and team executive. He began his pro playing career in 1988 and has 13 years of MLS coaching experience as both a head coach and assistant, including three seasons with the Chicago Fire and six seasons with D.C. United.
 


 

Report: Revolution part ways with head coach Jay Heaps

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Report: Revolution part ways with head coach Jay Heaps

The New England Revolution have fired head coach Jay Heaps, according to Ives Galarcep of Goal USA.

The decision to move on from Heaps comes after two straight losses, one of which was a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Atlanta United.

Heaps has been the Revs head coach since 2011 and compiled a 75-81-43 regular season record. He also led them to the MLS Cup Final in 2014 where they lost to the LA Galaxy.

The Revs are currently 10-14-5 with five games remaining in the season. Galarcep says there is "no word yet" on who will replace Heaps.

Heaps played for the organization from 2001-2009.