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Sacramento Republic FC unveil 2020 coaching staff

Some familiar faces, some newcomers under Mark Briggs.

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Romuald Peiser remains as SRFC goalkeeping coach.
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Sacramento Republic FC unveiled their coaching and support staff under head coach Mark Briggs for the upcoming 2020 season.

Goalkeeper coach Romuald Peiser returns for his third season at the club, while Luke Rayfield returns as strength and conditioning coach, a holdover from Republic FC’s first year in 2014, and Katy Norton also keeps the Sac Republic originals mantle alive, continuing as the club’s physical therapist.

The newcomers include assistant coach Colin Falvey, a 34-year-old who recently hung up his boots after a long career as a defender. With stops in his native Ireland, New Zealand and India, Falvey spent the bulk of his career in the USL, playing for the Charleston Battery, Ottawa Fury, Indy Eleven and Chattanooga Red Wolves, and now embarks on his pro coaching career.

The new head athletic trainer is Beatriz “Betty” Olmedo, who is a Sac State alum and has extensive experience in Mexican soccer, working at Chivas, Veracruz and Celaya (where Rodrigo Lopez played), while also working for a time at global giant FC Barcelona’s non-soccer sports as a trainer.

The new equipment manager is Alex “Capi” Capirelli, who has a fascinating backstory compared to most equipment managers. He’s worked as an assistant coach at Chivas USA and Puebla, was also equipment manager at Chivas USA, and then became equipment manager at Real Salt Lake and Real Monarchs, where he crossed paths with Briggs.

Jason Israel has been hired, presumably as an administrator, after working in the capacity for Bethlehem Steel and Philadelphia Union, and at New York City FC.

Sacramento Republic will kick off the 2020 USL Championship season on March 7 at home against FC Tulsa.

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