[MLS] Jay Heaps became the latest former MLS player to move quickly into the head coaching ranks when the New England Revolution named the former defender as its new head coach, replacing Steve Nicol.
Heaps was the MLS Rookie of the Year with the Miami Fusion in 1999 and moved to New England in 2001. He played on the Revs' four MLS Cup runner-up teams during his nine seasons with the club.
"For more than a decade, Jay was as passionate, tough and tireless as any player who's ever worn the Revolution jersey," Revolution Investor/Operator Jonathan Kraftsaid. "During his Revs career, no one was more determined to win or revered for his work ethic and leadership, both on and off the field. We are excited that Jay will bring these characteristics, along with a keen intellect, to his new position as our head coach."
Heaps, 35, is the second-youngest head coach in MLS behind D.C. United's Ben Olsen.
"I am thrilled to accept this position," Heaps said. "Throughout my playing career and with my involvement with the team after I retired, I've made no secret about my commitment to the Revolution, and I'm honored to be entrusted with this responsibility as head coach."
Heaps grew up in Longmeadow in Western Massachusetts and played soccer and basketball at Duke University.
He has been working for Morgan Stanley but kept close to the Revs by working and as a color commentator for its games on regional television.