Matt Beard, Head Coach
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Matt Beard was named head coach of the Boston Breakers on Sept. 22, 2015. Beard most recently coached Liverpool Ladies FC in the FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL), guiding the team to back-to-back FAWSL titles (2013, 2014). In 2013 with Liverpool, Beard compiled a record of 12-2-0 in 2013 and led the team to the FA Cup semifinals. He was named FAWSL Manager of the Year in a season that saw Liverpool qualify for their first-ever UEFA Women’s Champions League.
In 2014, Beard won the FAWSL title for the second year in a row, posting a 7-2-5 record. Liverpool also qualified for the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the second year in a row.
Prior to landing in Liverpool, Beard was the first team manager of Chelsea Ladies FC, where he spent three seasons (2009-2012). With Chelsea, Beard guided the Blues to the FA Cup final in 2012, the team’s first year in the FA Women’s Super League. He also led Chelsea to the FA Premier League Cup semifinals and finished third in the FA National Premier League.
From 2008-2009, Beard served as first team manager for Milwall Lionesses, where he won the Premier Southern Division.
As assistant first team manager of Charlton Athletic from 2004-2007, Beard was part of a coaching staff that helped the club earn several honors, including the FA Community Shield, the FA Cup title, and Premier League Cup.
Beard’s coaching career began in 2000 in the men’s game as Reserve Team Manager at Kingstonian FC in the National Conference. Beard led the club to the Surrey Premier Cup Final. He then served in similar capacity at Tooting and Mitcham, where he led the team to a third-place finish in the Suburban South Division. He later took over as Assistant First Team Manager at Hampton and Richmond Borough in the Ryman Premier Division.
Beard and his wife, Debbie, have two children: Harry and Ellie. He was born on Jan. 9, 1978 and is from Roehampton, London, England.
Paul McHugh, Assistant Coach
Paul McHugh joined the Breakers coaching staff on March 14, 2017. A native of Newcastle, England, McHugh holds a UEFA B License and has previously coached for Minneapolis United, East Durham Football Academy, Sunderland AFC Academy, Newcastle United Football Academy, and in the Peru National Team youth system.
McHugh has also worked with Simon Smith Goalkeeping Gk1, Bobby Charlton Soccer Schools, and Sondico School of Football.
Seve Hirst, Assistant Coach
Seve HIrst joined the Boston Breakers coaching staff in June 2016 as assistant to the pro team Head 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 and responsible for player and coach development at all levels.
Seve is an experienced coach as well, with 11 years experience he holds his NSCAA Premier Diploma and In 2014, he started his first season as volunteer assistant women’s soccer coach at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass and more recently being a volunteer coaching advisor to Northestern University women's soccer team.
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 sports programs, leading a team of 30 student volunteers, and implemented national and local programs.
Neill Caine, Goalkeeper Coach
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Neill Caine joined the Boston Breakers coaching staff on March 7, 2016.
Julian Haigh, Head of Sport Science and Player Performance
A Boston native, Haigh moved to England as child, spending the past eight years in Liverpool before making his return to join the Breakers on June 18, 2016. A UKSCA accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, Haigh earned a Bsc (Hons) degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University in 2011, before going on to complete his Masters degree in 2015. During this time, Haigh co-authored four peer-reviewed scientifics, which have now been published.
Dushawne "Doc" Simpson, Reserve Team Head Coach
Dushawne "Doc" Simpson was named head coach of the Boston Breakers Reserve Team In March 2017. No stranger to the Breakers organization, Simpson was the assistant coach for the Breakers pro team in 2016 and formerly coached Aztec Soccer teams in the Women's Premier Soccer League. Aztec was the former reserve team coach 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.
Javier "Javi" Mejia-Blau, BreakersCollege Academy Head Coach
Javi Mejia-Blau has served as the Assumption College women's soccer coach since 2012. A former assistant with the Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer (2010), Mejia-Blau has also coached the Emerson College men's team, and served as an assistant for Brandeis, Wheaton, Emerson, and Tufts women's college teams.
Ashley Phillips, Consultant
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.