Coaching / Development, Performance | Dec 14, 2018
Senior Appointments at the LA Dodgers, LA Galaxy, Club Tijuana, Santos, Genoa CFC, Southampton FC, Kaizer Chiefs FC, Rugby Football League, the Minnesota Vikings, Mississippi State University, Sri Lanka Cricket and the Olympic Federation of Ireland.

Performance Appointments

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

We start in Major League Baseball where Jeff Kingston was announced as Vice President and Assistant General Manager at the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Winter Meetings. Kingston heads south from the Seattle Mariners where he served in the same Assistant GM role.

Elsewhere in the City of Angels, the LA Galaxy welcomed Dennis te Kloese as General Manager and appear to be on the verge of recruiting a Head Coach in the coming days. Watch this space.

One departure from MLS sees FC Dallas Head Coach Óscar Pareja depart for Club Tijuana in Mexico’s Liga MX, while former Argentina men’s Head Coach, Jorge Sampaoli, has agreed a deal with Brazilian Série A club Santos to become their Head Coach.

It has been appointments galore in European soccer too. Former Italy men’s national team Head Coach Cesare Prandelli has taken the same role at Serie A side Genoa – their third Head Coach of the season. Prandelli replaces Ivan Jurić, will be joined by long-time assistants Gabriele Pin and Valter Vio.



In England, Danny Röhl has been appointed First Team Coach of Premier League Southampton. The move sees the Austrian reunited with his compatriot, the Saints’ newly-appointed Head Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl, whom he worked under at RB Leipzig.

Down in South Africa, former English Premier League forward Shaun Bartlett has taken an assistant coaching role with Kaizer Chiefs of the Premier Soccer League.

Another football person on the move is Tony Adams, albeit to a different code. Adams has been appointed the 29th President of the Rugby Football League and will replace Andy Burnham in the New Year. The former Arsenal and England defender, who founded the Sporting Chance Clinic, will bring a renewed focus to mental health, wellbeing and resilience in rugby league in England.

Back across the Atlantic, Kevin Stefanski has been named as Offensive Coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings on an interim basis. With three games of the regular NFL season left he replaces John DeFilippo.

There have also been appointments in college football, where Mississippi State has hired North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman as Head Coach. Klieman, who has signed a six-year contract with the Big 12 school, will remain with North Dakota State through the FCS playoffs and will oversee their semifinal with South Dakota State tonight [Friday].

Over in the world of cricket, Jon Lewis has accepted the post of Batting Coach with the Sri Lanka men’s national team. He takes the reins with immediate effect as Sri Lanka’s two-match Test series begins with New Zealand [Friday].

Switching to multisports, Patricia Herberle will serve as Ireland’s Chef de Mission at the 2019 European Games in Minsk and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Herberle had been working as a high performance lead for the Olympic Federation of Ireland.

Click here for last week’s appointments.

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