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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 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 297 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.
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Wade Barrett – Assistant Coach
Former Dynamo team captain Wade Barrett is in his sixth season as an assistant coach in 2015 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.
Sandy Stewart – Assistant Coach
Stewart enters his first season with the Dynamo in 2015. The Scotland native is a longtime assistant of Owen Coyle, who was appointed Dynamo head coach on Dec. 9, 2014. Stewart was an assistant for Coyle in each of his last four head coach roles: Wigan Athletic, Bolton, Burnley and St. Johnstone.
As a player, Stewart made over 500 appearances in Scotland, primarily with Airdrieonians. The defender signed with Hearts of Midlothian in 1987 and moved to Kilmarnock before joining Airdrie in 1989 and spending a total of 17 years in two stints with the club as a player and manager. The 49-year-old managed the club to the 2003-04 Scottish League Second Division title as Coyle led the club with 15 goals.
Paul Rogers – Goalkeeper Coach
Rogers joins the Dynamo in 2015 after serving as the U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper coach since 2009. The Brighton, England native joined the U.S. women’s national team as goalkeeper coach in March 2009 and helped lead the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and a second-place finish at the 2010 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Rogers’ duties with the women’s national team also included scouting and video analysis.
Rogers served as goalkeeper coach for the Canada Women’s National Team in 2008, helping them to a runner-up finish in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying and the team’s first appearance in the Olympics, where they reached the quarterfinals. Rogers worked on the professional level as an assistant and goalkeeper coach with St. Louis Athletica of Women’s Professional Soccer in 2009 and 2010, and collegiately with Florida State University, the University of Louisville and Tulane University prior to that.
Since 2006, Rogers has been an instructor for the U.S. Soccer coaching education course teaching the goalkeeping license and the goalkeeping section of the USSF A, B and C licenses. He holds a USSF A License, UEFA B License, UEFA B Goalkeeper License and NSCAA Goalkeeper License, as well as a bachelor’s degree in sport administration from Indianapolis University.
As a player, Rogers had spells with several professional and semi-professional clubs in England, including time as a youth player with Queens Park Rangers, Plymouth Argyle and Brighton and as a senior player with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Paul Caffrey – Sports Performance Director/Fitness Coach
Caffrey enters his first season with the Dynamo in 2015. The Dublin, Ireland native holds experience in MLS and with the United States national team program. Caffrey spent 2014 at Chivas USA as the first assistant coach under Wilmer Cabrera. He served as an assistant coach and fitness coach with the Colorado Rapids on Oscar Pareja’s staff from 2012-13.
Caffrey also was the first assistant coach under Cabrera with the United States under-17 national team from 2007-11 and oversaw the physical preparation and fitness training of the team.
Caffrey played four seasons with the Long Island Rough Riders after a four-year college career at Adelphi University. Caffrey’s experience also includes roles as the director of coaching with the Rough Riders from 2003-05 and head coach and assistant athletic director with Suffolk County (New York) Community College from 2002-07.
Caffrey holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License as well as certifications as a strength and conditioning specialist (National Strength & Conditioning Association) and functional movement specialist (Functional Movement Systems). He also carries Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Physical Education.
Oliver Gage – Performance Analyst
Gage enters his first season with Dynamo in 2015 after spending the that last three seasons as the operations assistant for University of Virginia men's soccer program. His responsibilities with UVA included all aspects of video editing and performance analysis while assisting the coaching staff with day-to-day soccer operations.
Virginia reached the NCAA College Cup in each of his three seasons at UVA, including the 2014 campaign when the Cavaliers claimed the NCAA Division I National Championship.
Prior to coming to Virginia, Gage served as the assistant first-team technical assistant with the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club in Sheffield, United Kingdom. His responsibilities included opposition scouting and analysis, production of scouting reports, highlighting key tactical concepts, potential areas of weakness and production of pre-match presentation for players and staff.
Gage earned a master's degree in organizational leadership at Mercyhurst College while playing soccer, and his team made the NCAA tournament in both of his eligible years. He also competed in the NPSL for the Erie Admirals, reaching the final four in 2011.
Gage earned his bachelor's degree in marketing at Leeds Metropolitan University.
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.
Nick Kowba – Assistant General Manager/Director of Soccer Operations
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.
Chris Maxwell – Equipment Manager
Eddie Cerda – Asst. Equipment Manager
Theron Enns – Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer
Entering his 17th year in Major League Soccer, and his eighth season as the Head Athletic Trainer with the Dynamo in 2015, last year Enns was promoted to Director of Sports Medicine to oversee the medical staffs of the Dynamo, Dash and Dynamo Academy. He has been named MLS Athletic Trainer of the Year twice with Houston (2008 and 2011) and once with Colorado (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 and experience to the organization. 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 and past president 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, 2009 and 2010 MLS All-Star Games, MLS Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2002, 2008 and 2011, and he was Athletic Trainer for the 2008 Generation adidas UK tour. Theron is married to his wife of ten years, Marla.
Rory Blevins – Assistant Athletic Trainer
Blevins begins his third season in Major League Soccer as the Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Dynamo in 2016. 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. He is a nationally and state licensed athletic trainer.
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 2011-14.
Blevins and his fiancee, Meredith, are engaged to be married in December of 2016.
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.