Revs add assistant coach, team staff

Revs add assistant coach, team staff
January 5, 2012, 6:27 pm
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The New England Revolution has added three members to its soccer operations staff, according to a press release from the team.

They have hired an assistant coach, a strength and conditioning coach and an equipment manager.

New assistant coach Jay Miller is a long-time coach and former talent scout at U.S. Soccer and collegiate levels. Nick Downing, the team's first strength and conditioning coach, is a health and fitness expert and former Revolution defender. Scott Emmens was named the team's equipment manager.

Head coach Jay Heaps is excited about the new additions.

Im very excited to work with Jay to build a season-long, tactical approach that improves us each week, he said. I knew I wanted to bring a highly experienced, tactically-minded coach, and in Jay, hes a coach whos coached at -- and succeeded at -- every level of the game with a wide range of players. I believe hell provide a solid foundation for our team, both on the practice field and in games.

Nick is the perfect person to be our first strength and conditioning coach, he continued. With his combination of high-level playing experience and his fitness expertise, he knows what soccer players go through physically and what they need to do to succeed on the field throughout the long season. His approach and his work with our players off the field will be vital to our success this year.

The team is still looking for a second assistant coach.