In something of a surprise the Sacramento Republic announced yesterday that Academy Director Mark Briggs has been promoted to Head Coach. He has signed a two-year contract putting him in charge of building up the squad in preparation for MLS play in 2022. The Englishman joined the Republic staff earlier this year after spells in charge at Real Monarchs and Wilmington Hammerheads.
“It is truly an exciting time for football in Sacramento and I’m thankful for the opportunity to grow with Republic FC in this new role,” said Briggs. “From my first days supporting the academy to this new role guiding the first team players, the passion and values that drive this club will help us find success and build a strong foundation for years to come.”
Hailing from Wolverhampton, in the English midlands, Briggs played professionally in England, Malta, Denmark and the United States before turning to coaching. He began as an assistant at his former team, the Wilmington Hammerheads before taking over as head coach for the 2015-2016 season. He then moved on to become head coach of the Real Monarchs from 2016-2018.