Sacramento Republic FC announced today they have hired Mark Briggs as their next manager. Briggs replaces Simon Elliott who was let go following an up-and-down two-year run. Terms of the two-year agreement were not disclosed.
Briggs has been serving as the Republic’s U19 coach and Academy Director, and prior to that, was manager of the Real Monarchs where in 2017 he won USL Coach of the Year and led the team to a Supporters Shield. He also had a brief stint with the Wilmington Hammerheads in 2016 where his team went 8-10-12.
“Mark is an exceptional leader, a proven winner, and is passionate about player development,” said Sacramento Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant. “He has excelled as our Academy Director, and his forward-thinking approach is the right fit as we compete for silverware and develop talent for our club.”
The Wolverhampton, England native brings loads of experience both as a manager and as a former player. At just 17, he signed his first contract as a product of the West Bromwich Albion youth system. As a professional, he represented West Brom’s first team with 12 appearances beginning in 2000, and logged 150 additional reserve team appearances. Briggs also played in Denmark, and spent time in England’s League One and Northern League clubs.
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