Owen Coyle - Head Coach
Owen Coyle was named the Dynamo’s second head coach in team history on Dec. 9, 2014. Coyle came to the Dynamo after playing and managing in the upper levels of English and Scottish soccer for nearly 30 years.
A native of Paisley, Scotland, Coyle earned his first full managerial post with St. Johnstone’s of the Scottish First Division in April 2005. In 2006-07, Coyle led St. Johnstone to the semifinals of both the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup. Coyle took the Saints to the brink of promotion to the Scottish Premier League in both 2006 and 2007, finishing as runners-up both years.
Coyle took charge at English Championship side Burnley F.C. in November 2007 and led the squad to its highest points total in eight years. The following year, the Scotsman took Burnley to the League Cup semifinals, knocking out Premier League clubs Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal on their way. The same season, Coyle took the Clarets to the Premier League themselves after winning the promotion playoff final 1-0 over Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium. The victory marked a return to the top flight for Burnley after a 33-year absence, and just two seasons removed from flirting with relegation at the bottom half of the Championship.
Upon their arrival in the Premiership in 2009, Coyle led the Clarets to victories in each of their first four home matches, including a 1-0 opening day win against defending champions Manchester United. One of Coyle’s former clubs from his playing days, Bolton Wanderers, took an eye to his success at Burnley and tabbed him as their manager in January 2010.
Coyle’s first signing for Bolton was former Dynamo star Stuart Holden, who was named the club’s Player of the Year after his first full season in 2011. He signed another American, Tim Ream, in January 2012. Coyle also managed Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge on loan spells during his time with Bolton. Coyle took over Wanderers with the club mired in 18th place, but lifted the team out of the relegation zone and into a 14th place finish in 2010.
His first full season with Bolton, 2010-11, saw the team reach the FA Cup semifinals and stay in the top half of the Premier League for the majority of the season before dropping from 9th to 14th after a 2-0 loss to Manchester City on the final day of the season. Bolton struggled in the next season and finished in 18th place, ending their time in the Premier League.
Coyle and Bolton had up-and-down start to the 2012-13 Championship season, resulting in Coyle being relieved of his duties in October of 2012. Coyle joined Wigan Athletic in June 2013 and had mixed results in the first half of the Championship, but a run of four defeats and disagreements with the owner led to his leaving the post in December 2013.
As a player, Coyle scored more than 200 goals in over 600 appearances in Scotland and England. He began his career with Dumbarton in 1985, then made moves to Clydebank and Airdrieonians before landing with Bolton. There, he was part of the squad that won promotion to the Premier League in 1995. From Bolton, Coyle made stops at Dundee United, Motherwell, Dunfermline Athletic and a return trip at Airdrieonians.
Coyle then took player-coach roles at Falkirk, Dundee United and Airdrie United before a final stop at St. Johnstone from 2005-07. Even after taking on managerial roles full-time, Coyle made occasional appearances as an emergency player, playing for Burnley Reserves and even scoring in a friendly for Bolton at the age of 44.
Although born in Scotland, Coyle has Irish heritage and made one appearance for the Republic of Ireland, a substitute appearance against the Netherlands in April 1994.
Matt Jordan - General Manager/Vice President
Matt Jordan joins the Houston Dynamo as general manager/vice president following the 2014 season. Jordan previously spent four years on the Montreal Impact technical staff, including one season as technical director after three years as the club's director of soccer operations.
Jordan, a native of Aurora, Colorado, played 13 years professionally as a goalkeeper, including eight seasons in Major League Soccer and time in the Danish Superliga and North American Soccer League. A graduate of Clemson University, Jordan began his career with the Dallas Burn from 1998-2002 and was named an MLS All-Star and Goalkeeper of the Year finalist in 1999. Jordan then spent time in Denmark with Odense BK (2003-04) before returning to the States playing with the Columbus Crew (2004-05) and Colorado Rapids (2006) before joining the Montreal Impact in the USL First Division in 2007.
Jordan was named club MVP in 2008 as he helped Montreal to the inaugural Canadian Championship and the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League — a first for a Canadian team. Jordan also led the team to the 2009 USL First Division championship.
Jordan joined the Montreal front office upon his retirement as a player following the 2010 season. He assisted in the team's transition from NASL to MLS and had a hand in all areas related to the first team, including contract negotiations, player scouting, strategic planning, salary cap management and technical operations budget. During his tenure with the Impact, was involved in the process of signing several notable foreign players including Italians Marco Di Vaio and Alessandro Nesta and Argentine midfielders Ignacio Piatti and Andres Romero. The club also signed seven Academy players during Jordan's stint, including three that received Canada national team call-ups in 2014: defenders Karl Ouimette and Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé and goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau.
Jordan graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor's degree in marketing and a minor in sports marketing, and has a USSF “B” coaching license.
Wade Barrett - Assistant Coach
Former Dynamo team captain Wade Barrett is in his fifth season as an assistant coach in 2014 after transitioning from player to coach in 2010. Along with Steve Ralston, Barrett co-managed the 2012 Dynamo Reserves to the 2012 Major League Soccer Reserve League Central/Mountain division championship.
Barrett retired prior to the 2010 season with the third-highest totals in games, starts, and minutes in Dynamo history. He twice lifted the MLS Cup championship trophy for Houston, in 2006 and 2007, and was also part of the San Jose Earthquakes’ 2001 MLS Cup championship and 2005 Supporters’ Shield-winning teams.
The Virginia Beach, Virginia native attended the College of William & Mary and completed a B.A. in economics via correspondence in his early days as a professional with the San Jose Clash. Barrett remained in San Jose as the franchise became the Earthquakes and won the 2001 MLS Cup title, then played with Aarhus (Denmark) and Fredrikstad (Norway) from 2002-04.
He rejoined the Earthquakes in 2005, Dominic Kinnear’s second year as head coach, as club captain, and helped them capture the Supporters’ Shield. Prior to the 2006 season, Barrett moved to Houston along with the rest of the players and team staff to become the Dynamo. He assisted on the first goal in team history and played every league and playoff game except one in the Dynamo’s back-to-back championship seasons of 2006 and 2007. He was slowed by injuries slightly in 2008 and more significantly in 2009.
Capped twice for the United States national team, Barrett was an MLS All-Star and named to the MLS Best XI in 2002. He finished his Dynamo career with 140 games, 139 starts, and 12,399 minutes played in all competitions. He appeared in 99 career regular season and 11 career playoff games for Houston. One of the fittest players in league history, Barrett wore the captain’s armband for 138 of his 140 all-time appearances with Houston.
Off the field, he was a three-time winner (1998-99, 2002) of San Jose's Geneva McAlavey Memorial Award for community service.
Barrett has the USSF “B” coaching license.
Steve Ralston - Assistant Coach
All-time Major League Soccer assist leader Steve Ralston is in his fourth full season as an assistant coach with the Dynamo in 2014, having joined the club immediately following his retirement in July 2010. Along with Wade Barrett, Ralston co-managed the 2012 Dynamo Reserves to the 2012 Major League Soccer Reserve League Central/Mountain division championship.
A native of St. Louis, Ralston retired as the all-time MLS leader in assists (135), games (378), starts (372), and minutes played (33,143). As a midfielder, he played in four MLS Cup finals for New England, including two against the Dynamo in 2006 and 2007. Ralston was named an MLS All-Star seven times and to the MLS Best XI three times. He is the only three-time recipient of the MLS Fair Play Award.
On the international level, Ralston appeared 36 times for the United States national team and scored four goals, including the game-winning goal against Mexico on September 3, 2005, as the United States clinched qualification for the World Cup. He was an alternate for the World Cup squad but has represented the United States at the Gold Cup three times, including championship squads in 2005 and 2007.
In his club career, Ralston was drafted by the Tampa Bay Mutiny out of Florida International University in 1996, the league’s inaugural season, and won the first MLS Rookie of the Year award that season. He played six years for Tampa Bay before the club was contracted, including three years as a teammate of Kinnear. Ralston was then selected by the Revolution in the MLS Allocation Draft and spent the next eight years with New England. After a brief stint with hometown club AC St. Louis in 2010, he rejoined the Revolution in June. His club championships include the 2007 U.S. Open Cup and 2008 SuperLiga titles.
Ralston is married to Rachel, and the couple has two daughters, Anna and Clara, and one son, Liam. Ralston enjoys fishing and hunting, Mexican food, and country and rock music.
Tim Hanley – Goalkeepers Coach
Currently in his eighth season with the Dynamo in 2014, Tim Hanley returned to the Dynamo as the club’s goalkeepers coach in 2009. Hanley was the team’s original goalkeeping coach in 2006.
Hanley has coached in Major League Soccer for 15 seasons and in American soccer for more than 20 years. Hanley coached three Goalkeeper of the Year winners in a four-year span from 2002-05 (Joe Cannon 2002; Pat Onstad 2003, 2005). Hanley worked in MLS with the San Jose Clash and San Jose Earthquakes and has also coached in the A-League, in the Premier Development League, and at Stanford University (2002-05).
As a player, Hanley played six seasons in the United States and the United Kingdom. He began his career training with Blackpool and Coventry City in England, then returned to the United States to play in the North American Soccer League. He played with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, San Jose Earthquakes, and Golden Bay Earthquakes, sandwiched around a stint at Scottish club Hibernian.
He completed a goalkeeping DVD entitled “Between the Sticks,” featuring Onstad, Cannon, and Jon Conway.
Off the field, Hanley is heavily involved in community activities and devotes time to rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org and the Square Peg Foundation. His eldest son John plays baseball at Menlo College in Atherton, Calif., and younger son Riley plays soccer at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif.
Theron Enns – Head Athletic Trainer
Enns is in his 16th year in Major League Soccer, and his seventh season with the Dynamo. He has been named MLS Athletic Trainer of the Year twice with Houston (2008 and 2011) and three times overall (2002).
Originally hired by the Colorado Rapids as an assistant athletic trainer in 1999 before he was promoted to the head athletic trainer position in July of 2000, Enns brings a wealth of knowledge to the Dynamo. A Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) by the state of Texas, he received his bachelor’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene College and then went on to earn a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.
A founding member, two-time past president and member of the Curriculum Committee (2011) of the Professional Soccer Athletic Trainer Association (PSATS), Enns’ career has seen him work with the New York Jets (NFL) and Villanova University, as well as provide event coverage for ESPN’s Winter X Games and the U.S. men’s national team. His league honors include working on the staff for the 1999 and 2009 MLS All-Star Games, MLS Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2002 and 2008, serving on the MLS Athletic Trainers Advisory Committee in 2003, and serving as Athletic Trainer for the 2008 Generation adidas UK tour. He has also served on the Soccer Industry Medical Symposium (SIMS) Curriculum Committee (2005-08) and the Membership Committee (2009). Theron is married to his wife of eight years, Marla.
Rory Blevins- Assistant Athletic Trainer
Blevins begins his first season in Major League Soccer with the Dynamo in 2014. A native Texan, he received his master’s degree in athletic training from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2010. He received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Calvin College in 2008.
Prior to joining the Dynamo, he was employed by Athletico Physical Therapy, and worked with the U.S. Soccer Federation and the Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program from 2011-2014.
Blevins is a nationally and state licensed athletic trainer.
Dr. Timothy C. Sitter – Head Team Physician
Dr. Sitter is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has over 20 years of experience treating athletes and also played soccer competitively in college. In addition to being the chief medical officer and head team physician for the Houston Dynamo, he is also the lead orthopedic surgeon for the RodeoHouston® Sports Medicine team. He is the team physician for several schools in Fort Bend and Alief ISDs and previously served as the medical director for the Houston Aeros hockey team.
Dr. Sitter is the medical director for the Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Program at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and core faculty for the Houston Methodist Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program in Sugar Land, TX. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at UT Health Science Center in Houston and his fellowship in sports medicine and reconstructive surgery at the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. David A. Braunreiter – Primary Care Physician
Dr. Braunreiter has dual certifications in sports medicine and family medicine, which allows him to manage both medical and orthopedic conditions of the athlete. In addition to serving as the primary care physician for the Houston Dynamo, he is the team physician for Pope John XXIII High School in Katy and a consultant for all Fort Bend ISD schools. He is a physician member for the Major League Soccer Concussion Committee and is a certified physician for ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing).
Dr. Braunreiter served as a team physician for the Houston Texans, University of Houston, Houston Baptist University and the World Wrestling Entertainment organization. He is assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College and has been appointed the director of the newly accredited Houston Methodist Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in Sugar Land, Texas. He completed his family practice residency at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and his sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.
Nick Kowba – Director, Soccer Operations
Kowba, who recently completed his ninth year with the franchise, has been named MLS Team Administrator of the Year by his peers and league staff three times (2007-2009). He was promoted to Manager, Team Operations during the 2010 season and to Director, Soccer Operations during the 2011 season. In his new role, Kowba oversees the day-to-day administrative duties of the Dynamo first team, but is also involved with the scouting of players both foreign and domestic. Before the team’s relocation from San Jose, Kowba worked for the San Jose Earthquakes as the Grassroots Soccer Coordinator, where he developed, coordinated and delivered elements associated with the youth soccer partnership program and grassroots soccer efforts in the Bay Area.
Prior to joining the Earthquakes in 2005, Kowba was an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of California-Santa Cruz, for two seasons after graduating with a degree in sociology in 2003. While attending UC-Santa Cruz, Kowba was a four-year student-athlete and three-year starter for the men’s soccer program, coached by former San Jose Earthquakes player Paul Holocher.
While living in Santa Cruz, Kowba was involved in the development of local soccer players, coaching and mentoring youth from the Catalyst Soccer Club and Santa Cruz Breakers. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding and playing golf. Originally from Encinitas, Calif., Kowba and his wife Meredith have one daughter, Clara Rose.
Justin Andrews - Equipment Manager
Justin Andrews was recently promoted to Equipment Manager after starting as Team Operations Coordinator. A Blessing, Texas native, Andrews interned with the Houston Dynamo marketing department before joining the club full-time.
Andrews attends the University of Houston and is on course to graduate with a BS in Sports Management in May 2015. He and his fiance Katie have one son, Jackson, and live in Pearland.