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Tom Durkin, Head Coach

Tom Durkin

Tom Durkin was named head coach of the Boston Breakers on Sept. 3, 2013. He takes over for player/coach Cat Whitehill, who held that role from Aug. 2, 2013, through the end of the National Women’s Soccer League season. Whitehill succeeded former head coach Lisa Cole.

A U.S. Soccer staff coach, instructing A license courses, Durkin most recently served as a coach for the FC Celtic Bolts of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Durkin holds an international diploma from FIFA, the international governing body of association football, an international coaching diploma with the Football Association of Ireland, Republic of Ireland and with KNVB International Coaching Course, Zeist, Holland, and a Coaching Instructors Badge with U.S. Soccer.

1998-2011: As Academy Director for IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., Durkin worked as head coach and general manager of Bradenton Academics, a USL Premier Development League team that, over his tenure with the club, featured U.S. Men’s National Team players Michael Parkhurst, Heath Pearce, and Aron Jóhannsson. 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.

1994: Durkin was on the U.S. Soccer World Cup Technical Committee, compiling game reports and conducting interviews with national team coaches at the Dallas, texas venue of the World Cup competition.

1995-1996: Served as assistant coach of the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team.

October 1996: Made professional coaching debut as an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer, where he held that role until January 1998.

July 1995: Oversaw the girls USYSA Region 1 Olympic Development program teams.

1994-1995: Served as head coach of the Richland College of Dallas women’s and men’s teams

1991: Women’s head coach of the USASA Region III team, where he selected, prepared and coached the women’s amateur team in national training camp and tournaments.

1989-1991: Won three New Jersey State Cups with Suburban Soccer Club.

1986-1991: Head men’s soccer coach at Rutgers-Newark University

1991 to 1993: Served as Director of Coaching and Player Development of the North Texas State Soccer Association. Directed coaching education program and Olympic Development Program (ODP) for the association with more than 100,000 soccer players. Durkin held that same role from 1995-1996 with the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association.

1982-1986: Durkin began his coaching career in 1982 at Union County College in Cranford, N.J., where he led the team to a 42-21-6 record over four seasons and to four consecutive Region XIX playoff berths.

A graduate of Kean University, Durkin, his wife Elizabeth, and their three children Joseph , George, and Ava reside in Dover, Mass.


Dushawne "Doc" Simpson, Assistant Coach

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Dushawne "Doc" Simpson was named assistant coach of the Boston Breakers on Jan. 29, 2015. No stranger to the Breakers organization, Simpson formerly coached Aztec Soccer teams in the Women's Premier Soccer League. Aztec was the former reserve team for the Boston Breakers during Women's Professional Soccer.

A native of Hartford, Conn., Dushawne has coached a number of women’s soccer teams for more than 20 years. He has spent the past 13 years with Aztec Soccer. Simpson, known to many as “Doc”, served in a number of roles at Aztec, including head coach since 2006. In 2009, Simpson led the Aztec U23s to the WPSL National Championship game. With Aztec, Simpson was the Director of Coaching in 2013 and 2014, the girls director from 2005-2013, the Aztec WPSL Head Coach from 2006-2014, and Head Coach of the men's Aztec Premier Arena Soccer League and won the men's National Championship in 2005 and earned three Regional Champship titles. Other positions and accomplishments include: Head Coach, Aztec U23 2009 EMWSL Champions; Head Coach Aztec U23 WPSL National Finalist; Director of Player Development Aztec/Breakers Reserves WPSL National Champions; and Head Coach Aztec U17G MA State Champs and Regional Finalist.

In 2013 and 2014, Simpson was the head coach of the esteemed Pingree School in South Hamilton, Mass. There, he won the 2014 New England Preparatory School Council championship.

Prior to coaching, Simpson played professionally in the United Soccer Leagues with Boston Bulldogs, Connecticut Wolves, and New Hampshire Phantoms and semi-professionally for the Lowell Blues of the Lusa American Soccer Association.

Simpson played high school soccer and basketball and ran track at Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Conn. He played collegiately for Southern Connecticut University and Salem State College.

Simpson currently resides in Beverly, Mass.

Ashley Phillips, Goalkeeper Coach

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Ashley Phillips was named the Boston Breakers goalkeeper coach and assistant coach on Dec. 17, 2013. Phillips, a native of Beverly, Mass., and former standout keeper at Clemson University, played played 11 games for the Breakers during the 2013 National Women's Soccer League season, logging 945 minutes, highest amongst Breakers keepers. She posted a 2-5-4 record with one shutout and a 1.82 goals against average.

Phillips has served as the assistant coach at Northeastern University since 2010 under her former U-19 coach Tracey Leone. In 2013, Phillips and the NU coaching staff led the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament after beating top seed James Madison in the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association championship.
Phillips joined the Breakers in 2009 in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) as a developmental player. She made her debut on April 11, 2010, against the Washington Freedom. In 2010, Phillips started eight of nine games she played in for a total of 781 minutes. She registered a 1-4-4 record with two shutouts and a 1.15 goals against average. Prior to the Breakers, Phillips played for Boston Aztec of the Women's Premier Soccer League in 2009 and as the starter, she earned seven shutouts in 10 games. She spent six years playing for the Boston Renegades (2002-2006) of the USL W-League and also played for the Atlanta Silverbacks (2008) where she went undefeated during the regular season, recording five shutouts in six games. Phillips also played in the U.S. Women's National Team system for the U-16, U-17, U-19, U-21, and U23 teams.
As a four-year starting goalkeeper at Clemson University in South Carolina (from 2004-2007), Phillips holds the school record for most career saves (326), including a single-season high of 119 in 2006, the same year she was named third-team NSCAA All-America. The three-time All-Southeast region pick and three-time All-ACC selection, including first-team All-ACC in 2007, finished her Clemson career with a 1.09 goals against average and 22 shutouts. Phillips helped lead the Tigers to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship in 2006. She graduated from Clemson with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology in December 2008.
Prior to college, Phillips attended Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody and was the starting keeper at Fenwick in the Division 2 North semifinal and scored a goal off a corner kick in the last two minutes to tie the game, one in which Fenwick won in overtime. She later transferred to Milton Academy. Phillips earned several All-America Team awards during high school, including the 2003 Gatorade Massachusetts High School Player of the Year. She played for Peabody Youth Soccer and on its travel team, as well as the club teams Northeast Futbol and the Spirit of Massachusetts and was selected for Mass Youth Soccer ODP, Regional, and District teams.