Performance Appointments

Senior Appointments at the Philadelphia Flyers, Ohio State University, University of Maryland, US Soccer Federation, Southampton FC Everton Ladies FC, Leicester Tigers, Scarlets Rugby, Rajasthan Royals, the English Institute of Sport and US Swimming.

Performance Appointments

The Leaders Performance Institute’s weekly review of appointments across global sport.

We start with the NHL, where Chuck Fletcher has been hired as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers. Fletcher replaces the fired Ron Hextall to take his first role in hockey since departing from the Minnesota Wild last year.



Over in college football, Ryan Day is to be promoted from Offensive Coordinator to Head Coach at Ohio State. Day replaces Urban Meyer, who is to retire at the conclusion of the team’s game at the Rose Bowl against Washington in January. Elsewhere, Mike Locksley has been hired as Head Coach of the Football Program at the University of Maryland. Locksley will remain in his current position as Offensive Coordinator of the Alabama Crimson Tide until the end of the team’s CFP run.

Remaining in the United States, the US Soccer Federation ended a year-long search for a Head Coach of the USMNT by confirming the appointment of Gregg Berhalter. The former Columbus Crew Head Coach succeeds Bruce Arena, who departed the role 13 months ago.

In the English Premier League, Southampton have confirmed Ralph Hasenhüttl as their new Manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract. The Austrian, who left RB Leipzig in the summer, will be assisted by Kelvin Davis, Goalkeeping Coach Dave Watson, and Head of Sports Science Aleks Gross on the English South Coast.

Sticking with soccer, Everton Ladies have moved to make Willie Kirk their new Head Coach. He arrives from Manchester United Women, where he served as Assistant Head Coach, to replace Andy Spence.

Switching the focus to rugby union, Geordan Murphy has been confirmed as the permanent Head Coach of the Premiership’s Leicester Tigers. He had been serving on an interim basis.

Elsewhere, Pro14 side the Scarlets this week confirmed Brad Mooar as successor to outgoing Head Coach Wayne Pivac. Mooar, currently Assistant Head Coach with the Crusaders in homeland, will take the reins at the end of the current season.

From rugby to cricket, the India Premier League’s Rajasthan Royals have announced Steffan Jones as Bowling Coach. It is hoped he will be able to help develop the Royals’ retinue of promising young fast bowlers. The Royal’s IPL counterparts, Kings XI Punjab, have hired Ryan Harris as Bowling Coach ahead of the 2019 season. He replaces Venkatesh Prasad at the Mohali-based franchise.

Onto the English Institute of Sport, who have announced Dr James Bell as their Head of Mental Health. Jones will continue in his position as Head of Culture at UK Sport.

With the Tokyo Olympics fast appearing on the horizon, the US women’s swimming team has appointed Greg Meehan as Head Coach, while the men’s team have hired Dave Burden.

Click here for last week’s appointments.

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