The Boston Breakers named Tom Durkin as the new head coach of the club on Tuesday. Durkin served as the Breakers' assistant coach for the final two weeks of the season after former head coach Lisa Cole was released.
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., 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 then featured USNT's Michael Parkhurst, Heath Pearce, and Aron Jóhannsson. Durkin is a U.S. Soccer staff coach, instructing A license courses.
Durkin was a former assistant coach of the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team and 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 MLS.
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.
“After interacting with [Durkin] over the final two weeks of the regular season and watching him work, I know we have a top quality coach here in Boston," said Boston Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard. "I am confident Tom will take the team where we want it to be and develop the players we have in our squad.”
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.