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Ashley Phillips returns to the Breakers
Former keeper appointed assistant coach/goalkeeper coach

(Dec. 17, 2013) The Boston Breakers announced today former goalkeeper Ashley Phillips has been named assistant coach/goalkeeper coach for the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League season.

“I am grateful to the Boston Breakers for giving me this opportunity, and I am excited to work with this coaching staff,” Phillips said. “I am lucky to be able to grow as a coach under someone like Tom (Durkin) while working with a great goalkeeping group. I look forward to the upcoming season and to continue to have a role in this organization.”

The 27-year-old Peabody, Mass. native played two seasons for the Breakers – 2010 in Women’s Professional Soccer and 2013 in the inaugural NWSL season. Phillips also has experience as a member of several U.S. youth national teams, having played for the U-16, U-17, U-19, U-21, and U-23 squads.

Last season in the NWSL, Phillips played 11 games, logging 945 minutes, highest amongst Breakers keepers. She posted a 2-5-4 record with one shutout and a 1.82 goals against average.

Ashley Phillips redirects a cross in a match against Chicago in 2013 (Photo by Mike Gridley)

As a four-year starting goalkeeper at Clemson University in South Carolina (from 2004-2007), Phillips played in the competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. She 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-American.

Phillips has served as assistant coach at Northeastern University since 2010 under her former U-19 coach Tracey Leone. This year, 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.

“I am delighted to have strengthened our coaching staff by adding Ashley,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “She has experience as a player and as a coach, and she is someone who knows the league, players, and the college game very well. She will be a big asset for us, working as a goalkeeper coach, but also as an additional assistant alongside Tom and Cat (Whitehill). I am really pleased we have her here in Boston, and I am excited to get the 2014 NWSL season underway.”

Tickets for the 2014 Breakers season are currently on sale. You can purchase them by visiting www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.


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