The Boston Breakers have named Neill Caine their new goalkeeping coach.
Old GK coach Ashley Phillips, a former Breakers goalkeeper herself, has been hired away by Northeastern University to be their head coach.
Caine comes to Boston with a background in USL, PDL, the New England Revolution academy system, and college coaching, including stints at Brandeis, Northeastern, and Boston University.
Meanwhile, Phillips will stay on as a consultant with the Breakers. A team spokesperson said, "Her main priority is Northeastern. However, based around her schedule, Ashley will remain involved with the pro team in a revised coaching capacity throughout the season. She will assist Neill and work with Matt when her schedule allows." This lines up with the Breakers wanting to keep Phillips on as much as possible and negotiating with Northeastern to allow Phillips to continue with the Breakers in a reduced capacity.
"First I would like to thank Ashley for her dedication over the years. I am delighted we were able to keep Ashley involved with the Breakers Family," Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said via a team press release. "Neill is someone I have known for many years, a coach who I have worked alongside and seen firsthand his quality as a goalkeeper coach. He has the experience, attitude, and drive to continue the excellent work Ashley did as our goalkeeper coach."
Caine will now be working with probable Boston #1 Libby Stout, formerly of Liverpool LFC, as well as returning goalkeeper Jami Kranich. Boston has had some unfortunate goals against statistics in seasons past - though this was certainly not all the fault of former Breakers GK Alyssa Naeher - so Caine will be entering 2016 with expectations of making those numbers a little less frustrating.