As expected, the New England Revolution have named former defender Jay Heaps as their head coach. Heaps played in Major League Soccer for 11 seasons, playing nine of those seasons with the Revolution. He is the team's all-time leader in games played, starts, and minutes played. While playing in his final season for the Revolution, Heaps was capped four times by the United States.
Since retiring from soccer, Heaps has been the color commentator on the local broadcast for the New England Revolution. He will become the second youngest head coach in MLS, behind fellow former MLS star and U.S. national team player Ben Olsen of D.C. United.
Said Jonathan Kraft, son of Revolution founder Robert Kraft and COO of The Kraft Group:
"For more than a decade, Jay was as passionate, tough and tireless as any player who's ever worn the Revolution jersey...During his Revs career, no one was more determined to win or revered for his work ethic and leadership, both on and off the field. We are excited that Jay will bring these characteristics, along with a keen intellect, to his new position as our head coach. He understands the team's heritage and already has a connection with many of our players and fans."
Heaps will be replacing recently departed coach Steve Nicol. A former Liverpool star and Scottish international, Nicol took over the Revolution and led them to the MLS Cup Final on four occasions, losing all four times. Nicol was able to win U.S. Open Cup and SuperLiga, but could never capture a Supporters' Shield or MLS Cup. The Revs failed to make the playoffs for the last two consecutive seasons, leading the club to decide to part ways with their long-time manager.
Heaps will assume his duties immediately and will be introduced via press conference late on Tuesday morning.
For more on Heaps and the Revs, visit New England Revolution blog The Bent Musket.