Coaching Staff

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 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.


Cat Whitehill, Assistant Coach

Cat Whitehill was named the Boston Breakers assistant coach on Oct. 25, 2013. She will serve as a player/assistant coach for the 2014 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season. Whitehill was named interim coach Aug. 2, 2013, after the Breakers parted ways with coach Lisa Cole. As player/interim coach, the 31-year-old guided the Breakers to a 2-1-1 record in the final four games of the regular season.

As team captain during the 2013 NWSL season, Whitehill started all 22 games for the Breakers. She logged 1,978 minutes – fourth most in the league – while playing all but two minutes of the regular season. The Birmingham, Ala. native joined the Breakers in 2012 and tallied one goal and two assists last season in her second year with the team.

Prior to joining the Breakers, Whitehill played three seasons in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). With the Atlanta Beat In 2011, she played every minute in 17 out of 18 matches and finished with the second highest minutes for the Beat at 1,530. Whitehill played two seasons with the Washington Freedom prior to joining the Atlanta Beat. She started 59 games in her three-year WPS career, logging 5,304 minutes. She scored three goals and two assists with the Freedom.

On the international level, Whitehill scored 11 goals in 134 appearances for the U.S. Women's National Team. A member of the 2004 gold medal winning U.S. squad at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Whitehill also playued on two third-place Women's World Cup teams (2003 and 2007). In 2007, she led the U.S. in minutes played (2,116) and played every minute of all six Women’s World Cup matches, one of only two players to accomplish that feat. Whitehill played in five games at the 2004 Olympics, starting three and is th only defender to score two goals in a World Cup game (2003 vs. North Korea). Whitehill was named U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year in 2003. She made her first appearance with the U.S. on July 6, 2000, vs. Italy and scored her first international goal on March 17, 2001, vs. Norway.

In college, Whitehill was a member of the 2000 and 2003 NCAA Champion University of North Carolina squads. She won the MAC Hermann Award for best college player in 2003. A four-time NSCAA All-American (2000-2003), Whitehill was a member of four ACC championship Tar Heels squads.
Prior to UNC, Whitehill played four years at Briarwood Christian School and was named a Parade All-America selection in both 1999 and 2000. She's also a two-time Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year for the state of Alabama.

Formerly Cat Reddick, Whitehill married Robert Whitehill on Dec. 31, 2005. The couple resides in Boston.


Ashley Phillips, Goalkeeper Coach/Assistant Coach

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.

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