Bay Village native and former Bay High soccer great Brad Friedel has been named by the New England Revolution as the club’s head coach. Friedel, the seventh head coach in club history, brings 25 years of professional and international experience to New England, most recently serving as head coach of the United States Under-19 Men’s National Team.
Friedel, 46, was introduced to the media in a press conference with Revolution President Brian Bilello and General Manager Michael Burns in the Gillette Stadium media workroom on Monday, Nov. 13.
“Brad has been a leader throughout his illustrious career and is regarded as one of the most successful players in U.S. history with experiences spanning multiple continents, leagues, and levels of competition,” said Revolution Investor/Operators Robert and Jonathan Kraft.
“My staff and I are delighted and honored to have been hired by the New England Revolution,” Friedel said. “I can guarantee that we, the staff and players, will give 100 percent commitment to the club and our fans while looking forward to all the challenges ahead. We can’t wait to get started right away building this club for the 2018 season.
Friedel has been at the helm of the U.S. U-19 Men’s National Team since January 2016. During that time, he also helped the U.S. Under-20 squad win the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship as an assistant coach under Tab Ramos.
In his collegiate career, Friedel played for the UCLA Bruins from 1990-92 and helped the school win the NCAA Championship in his first campaign. He went on to win the Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate soccer player in 1992. A two-time first-team All-American selection, Friedel was named to Soccer America’s College Team of the Century.
At Bay High, Brad earned eleven varsity letters as a three-sport athlete. He was named MVP in Soccer; Third Team All Ohio in Basketball; First Team Greater Cleveland Soccer; Basketball, Southwestern Conference Champion and Bay High’s Boys Tennis.