Lisa Cole to return as Breakers head coach in 2013

After leading the Boston Breakers to the 2012 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Elite regular season championship in her first year as head coach, Lisa Cole will return to coach the Breakers in the new women’s professional league in 2013. In her debut season last summer, Cole posted an 11-3 record, the best single-season win-loss record in the history of the Breakers franchise.

 After leading the Boston Breakers to the 2012 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Elite regular season championship in her first year as head coach, Lisa Cole will return to coach the Breakers in the new women’s professional league in 2013. In her debut season last summer, Cole posted an 11-3 record, the best single-season win-loss record in the history of the Breakers franchise.


"I am very happy to be back coaching the Breakers this year. It’s a great organization, in the city, with the best fans," Cole said. "We have set up a professional environment for players, and I feel like we can put together a team everyone can be proud of. Boston is a city used to bringing home championships."  

Cole served as an assistant coach under former Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco for three years in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). In three WPS seasons, the Breakers reached the playoffs twice and compiled a record of 22-26-14.

"We are delighted to have Lisa Cole return as head coach. Her experience and resume speaks for itself. She is no doubt one of the leading female coaches in the game," Boston Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard said. "We pride ourselves on being a professional team and organization, and having Lisa as a head coach and technical director confirms that."

Cole was the President and Assistant Coach of SoccerPlus Connecticut Reds, a WPSL team coached by DiCicco. The team played its inaugural season in 2007, capped with a USASA U-23 National Title, a USASA Bronze in the Open Cup, and a WPSL playoff run. In addition, Cole is the Director for the SoccerPlus Education Center, a non-profit organization that provides and participates in educational programs, seminars, community outreach events and individual mentoring on and off the soccer field.

"Lisa is without a doubt one the foremost coaches in the country," Boston Breakers Managing Partner Michael Stoller said. "She has been with us for four years, bringing the Breakers to a regular season championship last year in the Elite League as our head coach and we are thrilled to have her committed to the Breakers."

Cole’s collegiate coaching experience includes a year at Florida State, where she served as Assistant Coach under renowned Head Coach Mark Krikorian in 2005. Prior to that, she served as Head Coach of the University of Rhode Island (2003 and 2004), where she compiled a 19-18-4 record and a 13-6-3 record in Atlantic 10 play.

Before taking over the Rhode Island program, Cole spent three seasons (’00-’03) as an assistant at one of the most successful college soccer programs in America while working at the University of Connecticut under Head Coach Len Tsantiris. During her tenure, UConn made two appearances in the Elite Eight and one trip to the Sweet 16. Prior to UConn, Cole served as an assistant at Mississippi from 1997-2000 where she helped guide Ole Miss to its first-ever SEC Western Division Title and SEC Tournament final in 1999.

Cole is a member of the Region I Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff, a staff coach with the NSCAA, and a member of the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association Coaches Education Staff. Throughout her career she has also worked with the Washington, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and Connecticut state ODP programs. She holds her USSF “A” License and her NSCAA Premier Diploma. As a college player, she had a stellar career in net at Pacific Lutheran, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1997.
 
The Breakers will begin play in the new league this coming spring. Season memberships are currently on sale at www.breakerstickets.com.

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