Nashville SC restructures technical staff

Following the departure of former Assistant General Manager Ally Mackay to D.C. United, Nashville SC announced on Monday several promotions in their front office to restructure the technical staff.

  • Senior Director of Strategy & Analytics Oliver Miller-Farrell will now serve as Assistant General Manager following the departure of Ally Mackay, who in November of 2023 became D.C. United’s General Manager;
  • Former MLS midfielder and Director of Player Personnel Chance Myers will transition into Technical Director as he enters his sixth season with Nashville SC;
  • Former Nashville SC player and Huntsville City Football Club’s (Nashville’s MLS Next Pro affiliate) Director of Soccer Operations Liam Doyle will move to Nashville as the Director of Soccer Operations for the MLS side.
  • Jeff Robben, who was awarded MLS’ 2023 Club Administrator of the Year, will now serve as Director of Team Administration

“We are excited to promote Oliver, Chance, Liam, and Jeff into elevated positions,” said Mike Jacobs, Nashville SC General Manager. “They have all worked hard, been exceptional in their previous responsibilities, and played an integral role in our club’s success, and all four are clearly deserving of their expanded roles.”

Together, Miller-Farrell, Myers, Doyle and Robben will continue to drive the day-to-day soccer operations, as they also assist in scouting and recruitment of players for Nashville SC, Huntsville City FC, and The Gold Mine, Nashville SC’s Academy.

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Doyle has some of the longest connection to Nashville SC as a club. One of the first players signed to the inaugural USL Championship roster, making 56 appearances for Nashville between 2018-19. After other stints in at the USL level, he joined Huntsville City as Director of Soccer Operations ahead of their MLS NEXT Pro debut last season.

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To replace Doyle, Huntsville City FC have hired Matt Cairns as their new Director of Soccer Operations. Cairns was previously on the agent side of the business, spending the last five years as the Director of Operations for Topnotch Management in Minneapolis, and has worked as an agent since 2013.

Additionally, Huntsville have hired Christophe Berra and Zachary Herold as assistant coaches and Fabio Hernandez as goalkeeper coach.

“These are great hires whose experience and character will provide immediate impact for our club both on and off the field,” said HCFC head coach Jack Collison in the press release. “Bringing in coaches of this caliber underscores the commitment made by our group to empower leaders on the pitch who are good soccer minds and great people dedicated to building our program and moving our team forward in a positive direction.”

Berra, 38, is a former Scotland international. He had an extensive career in the top levels of English football, including 154 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers, 185 appearances for Ipswich Town, and 263 appearances for Heart of Midlothian FC in the Scottish top flight. Most recently he was an assistant for Livingston FC in the Scottish Premiership.

Herold, 31, was a former second-round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Forced into an early retirement after a diagnosis of Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Herold coached with the New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United academies, the latter of which saw him cross paths with Collison.

Hernandez has been a goalkeeper coach for several years at the professional and collegiate level, most recently serving as the first team goalkeeper coach for Chattanooga Red Wolves in USL League One.

Additionally, Huntsville have added Analyst Matt Batista, Athletic Trainer Luis Rodas, Performance Coach Josh Stewart, Team Administrator Caylor Feltman, and Equipment Manager Tanner Smoot.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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