Performance Appointments

Senior Appointments across the world of soccer, NFL and college football.

Performance Appointments

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

It’s as you were down in Monte Carlo, where Leonardo Jardim is back as Head Coach of AS Monaco after a 12-match hiatus. The Portuguese had been replaced in October last year by Thierry Henry following a sluggish start to the Ligue 1 season, but the Monegasques posted just two wins during the Frenchman’s tenure and Jardim is back with a two-and-a-half-year contract.

In the Bundesliga, Hannover 96 have installed their former midfielder Thomas Doll as Head Coach, with a contract that runs until June 2020. The move comes just hours after the club dismissed Andre Breitenreiter following an eight-match winless streak. Elsewhere in Germany, Jens Lehmann has been appointed Assistant Coach at FC Augsburg. The former Arsenal Goalkeeping Coach has signed a contract until the end of the 2019-20 season.


Jens Lehmann (TF-Images/Getty Images

Over in England, new Nottingham Forest Manager Martin O’Neill has rekindled his professional relationship with Roy Keane, appointing him as Assistant Manager at the English Championship club. The duo worked together for the Republic of Ireland men’s national team between 2013 and 2018. Both men are former Forest players.

There other former players on the move too. Starting with Luís Boa Morte, who has been made assistant to recently appointed Maccabi Haifa Head Coach Marco Balbul in the Israel Premier League. Next is David Preece, the new Goalkeeping Coach of Östersunds FK in Sweden’s Allsvenskan. The club in middle Sweden has become a happy stomping ground for British coaches, including Graham Potter, whom the Leaders Performance Institute spoke to last season as they progressed to the knockout phase of the Uefa Europa League. Potter is now at Swansea City but the interview provides an insight into a coach making the most of modest resources to take on Europe’s biggest clubs.

On to MLS, where new Columbus Crew Head Coach Caleb Porter has been busy adding to his coaching staff. His trio of appointments are Mike Matkovic, Matt Reis and Pablo Moreira. The Crew also made Pat Onstad their Technical Director on a full-time basis. Over in Texas, FC Dallas have added to their soccer operations staff with the appointment of Andre Zanotta as Technical Director.

Across to West Africa as the Cameroon Football Association [Fecafoot] has appointed Alain Djeumfa as Head Coach of the Cameroon women’s national soccer team. He replaces Joseph Ndoko four months before the Indomitable Lionesses’ Fifa Women’s World Cup campaign is due to kick-off in France.

Ahead of Super Bowl LIII there has been more activity behind the NFL scene, with the Denver Broncos leading the way. Rich Scangarello is in as Offensive Coordinator, TJ McCartney as Quarterbacks Coach, Rob Calabrese as an offensive assistant and Nathaniel Willingham as the new Defensive Quality Control Coach.

Scangarello arrived in Denver from the San Francisco 49ers, where he served as Quarterbacks Coach for the past two seasons. He has been replaced in that role by Shane Day.

Elsewhere, the Washington Redskins have hired Ray Horton as their new Defensive Backs Coach, having released Torrian Gray earlier this month, and added Rob Ryan as Inside Defensive Linebackers Coach. Down in Florida, the Miami Dolphins are unable to officially announce the appointment of their new head coach, Brian Flores, while the Patriots are still engaged in the Super Bowl but they are free to bolster their coaching staff. As such, the Dolphins have announced their hiring of New York Giants Assistant Linebackers Coach Rob Leonard. The Green Bay Packers have been active too, with new Head Coach Matt LaFleur bringing in Shawn Mennenga as Special Teams Coordinator.

In college football, Northern Illinois has announced Baltimore Ravens assistant coach Thomas Hammock as its new Head Coach. Hammock returns to his alma mater, where he played as a running back, for a third coaching stint having served as an assistant and Running Backs Coach in his previous tenures. Elsewhere, Georgia Tech’s Defensive Coordinator Nate Woody has taken a coaching position on Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff at Michigan, while Mike Stoops is to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama.

There has been movement in college baseball too, with Harford Head Coach Tom Eller taking a job as a Hitting Coach in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system.

We now head Down Under, where Cricket Australia have appointed former Baggy Green international Belinda Clark as Manager of Team Performance on an interim basis following the departure of Pat Howard.

On to netball and the Northern Ireland national team as Head Coach Dan Ryan has appointed Clare Winning and Deborah Bleakley as his assistants ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Liverpool.

Click here for last week’s appointments.

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