The Boston Breakers have announced Tom Durkin as the new head coach of the club.
(Sept. 3, 2013) - The Boston Breakers have announced Tom Durkin as the new head coach of the club. Durkin served as an assistant coach for the Breakers over the final two weeks of the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League season.
Most recently, Durkin served as a coach for the FC Celtic Bolts of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and previously worked as Academy Director for IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., the home of U.S. Soccer’s U-16 and U-17 men’s national teams residency programs. There, he worked as head coach and general manager of Bradenton Academics, a USL Premier Development League team that, over his tenure with the club, featured U.S. Men’s National Team players Michael Parkhurst, Heath Pearce, and Aron Jóhannsson. Durkin is a U.S. Soccer staff coach, instructing A license courses.
Durkin oversaw the girls USYSA Region 1 Olympic Development program teams in the mid-1990s, and he won three New Jersey State Cups with Suburban Soccer Club. He also has served as head coach of both the Richland College women’s team and USASA Region III team.
“I am delighted to have secured the services of Tom,” Boston Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard said. “After interacting with him over the final two weeks of the regular season and watching him work, I know we have a top quality coach here in Boston. I am confident Tom will take the team where we want it to be and develop the players we have in our squad. We had some very strong candidates apply for the position, but with Tom’s long résumé as a head coach at all levels and listening to his philosophy, I knew he was the right man for the Breakers job.”
A former assistant coach of the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, head men’s soccer coach at both Union County College and Rutgers University. Durkin made his professional coaching debut in October 1996 as an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer.
“I am very excited about working with the Boston Breakers this coming season. I thoroughly enjoyed my interaction with the team at the end of last season. The group of professionals that I encountered is talented and versatile and their work habits and eagerness put me at ease straight off,” Durkin said. “I also must admit that I was quite impressed by the standard of play and caliber of players. I found these ladies to be excellent role models and ambassadors for their sport and league. The willingness to go above and beyond to see the league and the sport flourish in the U.S. was compelling, and I am proud to be part of it. I want to thank Lee Billiard and the management team for this opportunity to be part of the Breakers organization, and I am pleased that I can make a contribution to the area’ s soccer community.”
Durkin amassed more than 100 wins during his coaching career with Bradenton Academics, led the team to the 2009 PDL national semifinals, and won two PDL South East Conference championships and a pair of Dallas Cup titles.
“He will slot into our organization perfectly, on and off the field,” Billiard said. “And he will also take part in the growth of our youth academy program.”
A graduate of Kean University, Durkin, his wife Elizabeth, and their three children Joseph , George, and Ava reside in Dover, Mass.