Alex Blackburn and Rick Wright bring collegiate coaching experience to Head Coach John Harkes' staff in Greenville. | Photo courtesy Greenville Triumph SC
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Greenville Triumph SC Head Coach John Harkes rounded out his coaching staff on Thursday as the club announced that Alex Blackburn and Rick Wright would serve as assistant coaches for the 2019 USL League One season.
Blackburn joins Triumph SC having spent the last five years as an assistant at his alma mater Monmouth University. A four-year letter winner at the West Long Branch, New Jersey school, Blackburn tallied 23 shutouts and 26 wins as a goalkeeper for the Hawks.
“Making the decision to move to the Triumph has been a dream come true,” said Blackburn. “I’m truly humbled to be given the opportunity to take myself out of my comfort zone and coach alongside such an experienced coaching staff. I couldn’t be more excited to help bring success to the city of Greenville.”
“I am very familiar with Alex and his talents, work ethic and ability to manage players,” said Harkes. “Alex also has tremendous experience coaching and training youth players with powerhouse club PDA in New Jersey. He brings many great qualities as a former keeper and will be a great assistant coach for the Greenville Triumph.”
Wright comes to Greenville after previous coaching stints at Anderson University and Erskine College, leading both teams to multiple conference titles. Throughout his career on the touchline, he has coached several All-Americans and placed a number of players in Major League Soccer.
“I am honored to be a part of the Greenville Triumph’s inaugural season,” said Wright. “It is truly special to be selected by John Harkes to be a part of the coaching staff. The Upstate of South Carolina will be proud of this team.”
“I am thrilled to officially add Rick to our coaching staff,” said Harkes. “He has a great demeanor and eye for talent and will bring tremendous depth of knowledge to our staff, players and club.”