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President of Business Operations:

Mark Thomas - mthomas@bostonbreakers.com 

Mark Thomas joined the Boston Breakers front office staff in November 2016. Thomas will oversee the day-to-day business operations of the Boston Breakers organization. Responsibilities include sales, marketing, sponsorship, and day-to-day management of the business operations. Thomas will work on building off the current platform with a view to continue its growth financially and expanding the Boston Breakers brand. Under his new role, Thomas will be working on both short- and long-term strategies that will continue moving the organization forward off the field. The former Head of Business Development for Norwich City Football Club (2013-2014), Thomas’ previous work includes nine years at Octagon Sports Marketing, where he began as a Senior Sales Manager and worked his way up to Vice President of Business Development. Thomas has worked in and around professional sport for over 25 years, beginning as a professional player with Wimbledon FC in the English Premier League. Throughout his career, he has provided several leading companies and sports organizations with consultancy in regards to creating and selling sports sponsorship packages, along with training and developing existing sales teams.

President of Soccer Operations and Development:

Lee Billiard - lbilliard@bostonbreakers.com

Tel: 617-945-1704 ext. 201

Twitter: @LB_Breakers

Lee Billiard joined the Boston Breakers front office staff as General Manager in 2012, coming from Mass Premier Soccer where he served as Academy Director. He was named President of Soccer Operations and Development in November 2016. Billiard will focus solely on the soccer side in his new role as president of soccer operations and development. Billiard will have more involvement in managing the pro team roster than in previous years. He will work directly with the head coach on the roster development, scouting and trade deals, along with maintaining previous soccer roles of overseeing the salary cap, facilities, and day-to-day operations associated with the pro team. Over the years, Billiard has been one of the major factors in building one of the country’s top soccer development pyramids. In his new role, Billiard will oversee all aspects of soccer operations from the pro team all the way down through the Boston Breakers Academy and Development Training Centers. 

After serving as Sales Director for the Boston Breakers during the 2011 season, Lee took over the Managerial reigns from former General Manager, Andrew Crossley.

A Graduate of Buckinghamshire University, England, Lee holds a BA Hons degree in Sports Management and Soccer Studies. He joins the Breakers organization after nine years of working with Mass. Premier Soccer, during that time Lee worked with more than 50 youth soccer groups across the state to provide coach/player education and summer camps.

Along with his knowledge and experience of youth soccer in Massachusetts, Lee also coaches at a variety of levels.  He holds female coaching positions at Boston Breakers Academy and at Acton Boxboro Regional High School. In 2014, he became the Boston Breakers Academy Director of Coaching.

Before arriving in the states Lee coached and ran community programs for Wycombe Wanderers Football Club (professional) in England gaining valuable knowledge in all aspects of the game.

Assistant General Manager:

Elise McLear - emclear@bostonbreakers.com

Tel: 617-945-1704 ext. 202

Twitter: @EM_Breakers

In 2017, Elise will be entering her fifth year with the Breakers organization. In 2013 and 2014, she served as the Sales Director for the Boston Breakers after transitioning from the New England Revolution where she worked as an account executive, specifically working with Youth Soccer organizations throughout New England. In 2015, she became the Breakers assistant general manager.

Prior to working with the Revs, Elise had been in England working on her Master’s Degree at Durham University while also playing soccer there for the British University league where she won two national championships as well as participating in the FA Cup. In addition to playing overseas, she also played four years of college soccer and basketball at Mount Ida College where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. Elise has interned with Mass Premier Soccer and has coached soccer for various teams including UMass Dartmouth, Roger Williams University, and a variety of youth club teams.
 

Operations Director:

Laura Doran - ldoran@bostonbreakers.com

Tel: 617-945-1704 ext. 200

Twitter: @LDoran33

In 2017, Laura Doran will be entering her fifth season as Director of Operations for the Boston Breakers. Laura oversees the Professional Team, Reserve Team Program, College Academy logistics, and U-20s.

Laura also serves as the head coach for the North Andover High School junior varsity girls soccer team and an assistant to the varsity squad. An avid Boston sports fan, Laura has held a part-time position in ticket operations for the Boston Red Sox since 2007 and internships with the Boston Celtics (2009) and WEEI Sports Radio 850 AM (2008). She first connected with the Breakers in 2010 when she came into the organization as an Equipment Intern.

Laura graduated from Simmons College in Boston, Mass., in 2009 with a degree in Communications. She worked in healthcare administration for two years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center before realizing her passion was in athletics. With the formation of the NWSL in 2012, she had the opportunity to fill the Operations Director role with the Breakers.

Development Training Director:

Jack Abelson - jabelson@bostonbreakers.com

Tel: 617-945-1704 ext. 206

Twitter: @JA_Breakers

In 2017, Jack Abelson will enter his fourth year with the Boston Breakers front office staff as Development Program Director and as an academy coach.

A Graduate of University of Birmingham, England, Jack holds a BSc Hons degree in Sports and Exercise Science. He joins the Breakers organization after 2 years of working with Mass Premier Soccer (2008-2010) working as Clinic Director/Assistant Academy Director, during that time Jack worked with over 50 youth soccer groups across the state to provide coach/player education and summer camps.

Jack is experienced in coaching girls youth soccer during his time with Mass Premier Soccer Jack worked with the top girls teams aged U12 through to U17.

During his time at University (2010-2013) Jack also coached in community programs for English Premier League team Aston Villa Football Club in England enhancing his knowledge of the game.

Development Camp Director:

Neill Caine - ncaine@bostonbreakers.com

Tel - 617-945-1704 ext. 208

Neill Caine joined the Boston Breakers front office as Development Camp Director in 2016.

Originally from Northampton, England, Neill moved to the U.S. in 2006, where he worked for Global Premier Soccer. After leaving GPS in 2010, Neill went on to start up and run his own soccer business, Number 1 Goalkeeping, where he specializes in running private soccer sessions and camps for goalkeepers across Massachusetts. In England, Neill coached at many clubs, including Leicester City FC, where he coached the development goalkeepers. 
 
In 2012, Neill joined the coaching staff at Brandeis University women’s soccer program, where he helped guide the team to the NCAA Elite 8 in the 2012 season. Neill oversaw the goalkeepers that went on to break the shutout record (14 shutouts in 23 games). In 2013, he joined the men's coaching staff at Boston University. After a season at Nickerson Field, he made the short switch over to Northeastern University to join the men’s soccer program as goalkeeper coach. In June 2015, Neill returned back to Boston University where he rejoined the coaching staff and helped guide the team return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. 
 
Neill currently resides in Marshfield, with his wife Meghan, and their son Gavin. 

Communications Manager:

Ryan Wood - rwood@bostonbreakers.com

Tel: 774.454.3089

Twitter: @writerwood

Ryan has served as the Breakers communications manager since 2011, and 2017 will mark his seventh season with the organization.

An established freelance writer, Ryan has contributed to Thomson Reuters, The Sun (London), Our Game Magazine, New England Soccer Journal, Major League Soccer (www.mlssoccer.com), Soccer Banter, World Soccer Reader, Metro-West Daily News, New Bedford Standard-Times, Quinlan Publishing, Brockton Enterprise, and the Patriot Ledger. He also covered the FA Cup for the Sunday Sun (Northeast England). Ryan was also an award-winning sports editor for MPG Newspapers and later, GateHouse Media New England, from 1999-2014. He co-authored the book "Beyond Plymouth Rock Volume II." 

Born in Plymouth, Mass., Ryan holds a bachelor of arts degree in English/Writing and Communications from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Marketing and Design Director:

Seve Hirst - shirst@bostonbreakers.com

Tel: 617-945-1704 ext. 209

Twitter: @SH9_Breakers

Seve HIrst joined the Boston Breakers front office staff in June 2014 as Marketing and Design Director and as an academy coach.

A graduate of St. Martins College, England, Seve holds a BA (Hons) degree in Coaching and Sports Performance. He came over to America in 2008 and has worked for MLS Camps, Global Premier Soccer and New Jersey Soccer Group. During his time at GPS (2010-2012) he worked in their Technical Department and was the clubs videographer. Seve is in charge of producing videos for the Breakers as well as designing our marketing material. 

Seve is an experience coach as well, with 11 years experience he holds his NSCAA Premier Diploma and currently coaches for the Boston Breakers Academy. In 2014, he started his first season as volunteer assistant women’s soccer coach at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. 

Before coming to America Seve was the first University of Cumbria Students’ Union Vice President. He spend his sabbatical year representing 15,000 students across four campuses, attended college board meetings, designed marketing strategies, leading a team of 30 student volunteers, and implemented national and local campaigns.  

Long-Term Partnership Director:

Edele Branigan - ebranigan@bostonbreakers.com

Tel: 617-945-1704 ext. 204

Twitter @EB_Breakers

In 2017, Edele enters her fourth year with the Breakers and will be taking on the role of the role of Sales Director within our Sales Department.  Prior to this, she spent four years with Global Premier Soccer, working in both their Registration and Finance Departments. She graduated in 2010 from Dundalk IT, Ireland, with a MA in Sports Leadership and has lived stateside ever since.
 
Edele began coaching in 2005 with the Irish FA and has experience working with all different ages and abilities.  She played varsity soccer and basketball in high school and was elected basketball captain in her junior year.  A severe injury early on in college saw her involvement on the field come to an end but she has always kept a keen interest in both player and coach development.

Account Executive:

Jamie Gillis - jgillis@bostonbreakers.com

617-945-1704 ext. 205 

Jamie Gillis joined the Boston Breakers as an account executive in February 2016. Jamie spent the past two years as an assistant coach at Long Island University Brooklyn where she had a hand in all aspects of the program. Jamie graduated with a degree in Business Management from UMass Lowell, where she returned as an assistant coach in 2013-2014 after spending three seasons playing in Finland's first division. She has also spent time coaching youth soccer with many clubs across New England.