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Greenville Triumph Coaching and Technical Staff

Get to know the Greenville Triumph coaching and technical staff.


Coaching staff

John Harkes Head Coach/Sporting Director

Place of Birth: Kearney, NJ
College: University of Virginia

2020's League One Coach of the Year enters his third season with the Triumph, boasting a 24-9-13 record with two playoff appearances and a League One title. Served as Head Coach and Director of Football for FC Cincinnati (2016) and has held coaching and technical director positions at the national and MLS academy youth levels, including the U.S. U-20 Youth National Team and for D.C. United's youth academy. The UVA alum joined the USMNT full time in 1988 earning 90 caps and competing in two FIFA World Cups (‘90, ’94) as well as the ‘88 Olympics. He was the first American to compete in the EPL and a six-time MLS All-Star selection.

Alex Blackburn Head Assistant Coach

Place of Birth: Natwick, MA
College: Monmouth University

Enters his third season with GTSC. He was the Assistant Coach at Monmouth University for both the men’s and women’s teams from '13-'18. His post-collegiate career included seasons overseas, time in the PDL and seasons with the NE Revolution (MLS). He is the sole owner of Blackburn Goalkeeping, LLC.

Rick Wright Assistant Coach

Place of Birth: Hamilton, Bermuda
College: Erskine College

Returns to the Triumph for the club’s third season. He was the head coach at Anderson College (started program, ‘82-86) before returning to his alma mater at Erskine College as head coach of the men's and women's program from ’87-93. Spent ten years on the Region III ODP staff and 12 years as an ODP SC state coach. Represented Bermuda in four sports at the schoolboy level (Soccer, Rugby, Sailing and Badminton). Was a member of the Bermuda Men’s National Team from ’74-’78 and a member of the 1976 US Olympic Team. 3X All-American (Erskine College).

Ryan McKie High Performance Coach

Place of Birth: Simpsonville, SC
College: Furman University

Returns to the Triumph for the club’s third season. Graduate of Furman University where he was a wide receiver and kick returner on the 2004 SoCon Championship team and the 2005 national semi-finalist squad. All-time leading receiver for Hillcrest High School’s football team. McKie brings over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, having trained athletes from the PGA, LPGA, NFL, CFL, MLS and MLB. Co-owner of Knight Performance Factory in Greenville.

TECHNICAL STAFF

Marcus Siler Soccer Operations Manager

Place of Birth: Jackson, Mississippi
College: Holmes Community College, Southern Polytechnic State University, Ole Miss

Marcus returns for his second season with the Triumph as the Soccer Operations Manager. He comes to the Triumph after working several seasons for Sporting KC in the MLS.

Nadia Najm Athletic Trainer

Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut
College: Sacred Heart University, Clemson University

Nadia joins the Triumph for her second full season with over 10 years of athletic training experience. She is currently a PH.D. student at Clemson University.

Josh Shaw Equipment Manager

Place of Birth: Greenville, SC
College: Clemson University

Josh joins the technical staff in 2021 as his second season as the team's Equipment Manager. He began working for the Triumph as the club's Community Relations Manager in 2019.


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