Heaps and assistant coach Jay Miller in 2012. Vaudreuil doesn't appear to be pictured. - Winslow Townson
The offseason changes continued to roll for the New England Revolution on Wednesday, and this time they weren't limited to the players. Assistant Coach David Vaudreuil was let go after a single season with the team.
The New England Revolution have been busy bees so far in the 2012-2013 offseason. They've signed two new players (Andy Dorman and Kalifa Cisse), released four, and remain linked to one or two other moves in the near future as they look to improve upon a season that, while disappointing, was still better than the last. Today they continued making changes, but this time it was in the coaching staff, as assistant coach David Vaudreuil was let go, according to Kyle McCarthy at mlssoccer.com.
"We want to thank David for his services to the team this season and we wish him the best, but, as we examined our coaching staff for 2013, we decided we needed to move in a different direction with his position," General Manager Mike Burns told mlssoccer.com.
Vaudreuil, a former defender who suited up for Chicago, Colorado, D.C., and Miami, was the reserve team coach and also worked with the first team in training. Search for Vaudreuil's replacement will begin immediately.
It's tough to analyze exactly what sort of impact this move will have. The reserve team wasn't terribly successful this season, posting a 2-5-3 record with nine goals scored and 15 goals conceded. Then again, it's the reserve team; half the time he was playing with trialists, guests, and academy kids. How accurate can the record really be?
As for his influence on the first team, you would first have to determine where he was expected to have the most impact. If it was in defense, then conceding 14 fewer goals this season against last is possibly a compliment to his abilities. Then again, it might have nothing to do with him at all. Despite that improved defensive effort, there were a lot of mental lapses in 2012, which could be attributed to a young coach (Vaudreuil is 45) with limited professional coaching experience (Vaudreuil's only other MLS experience was a stint with the Galaxy's U18 side). Or not.
More likely, this is just a shift in direction from Jay Heaps, and perhaps he feels he needs a new influence at that spot. For a new coach like Heaps, surrounding yourself with experience and/or a unity of direction is a must for early success in your coaching career. We know that Vaudreuil lacked the former; perhaps we can assume his departure is related to the latter.
Either way, The Bent Musket's staff would like to wish Vaudreuil good luck in his future endeavors, and will report any news of his eventual replacement as it breaks.