TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former U.S. captain John Harkes was voted coach of the year in the third-tier USL League One after leading the Greenville Triumph to a title in the team’s second season.
The 53-year-old received 79% of votes in balloting by team technical staff and executives announced Thursday.
Greenville finished third with 12 wins, nine losses and seven draws in 2019 in its first season, beat the Lansing Ignite in the playoff semifinals and then lost to North Texas in the championship,
This year, Greenville was first with 11 wins, three losses and two draws. It was due to play second-place Union Omaha in the championship game but was awarded the title when the match on Oct. 30 was canceled following positive COVID-19 tests among Union Omaha,
Union Omaha’s Jay Mims was second with 11%, followed by North Texas’ Eric Quill with 5%.
Harkes is a Kearny, New Jersey, native who scored six goals in 90 international appearances from 1987-2000 and played in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups.
He was among the first Americans in the modern era to play in England with Sheffield Wednesday (1990-93), Derby (1993-95), West Ham (1995-96() and Nottingham Forest (1999). He also played for D.C. United (1996-98), New England (1999-01) and Columbus (2001-02).
His son, Ian, played for D.C. in 2017-18 and is in his third season with Dundee United.
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