MLS: Dallas names Jeffries head coach

Dallas Burn president and general manager Andy Swift named Mike Jeffries as the second head coach in team history. Jeffries, 38, has spent the last three years as an assistant with the Chicago Fire, helping the team to a 1998 MLS Cup Championship and U.S. Open Cup titles in 1998 and 2000. ôI am elated that the Burn has secured the services of one of the best coaching prospects in MLS,ö said Swift. ôMike brings all of the elements that we were looking for in a head coach -- a deep understanding of the American player's psyche and style of play, extensive knowledge of the existing American talent pool and experience both in the MLS system and as a head coach at the professional level. I am confident Mike Jeffries is the man we need to guide this team to the next level in the coming years.ö ôI am excited to be a part of the Dallas Burn organization,ö said Jeffries. "I'm looking forward to the challenge of taking the players to the next level and to many successful years in MLS.ö Prior to joining the Fire, Jeffries was the head coach for the A-League's New Orleans Storm (formerly the Riverboat Gamblers) from 1995-98, where he compiled a record of 42-34. In 1997, he guided the Gamblers to the A-League Central Division Championship and to the Western Conference playoff semifinals. Jeffries was a four-year starter at Duke University from 1980-83, earning all-America status as well as being named the recipient of the 1983 Hermann Award (soccer's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy). Upon graduation from Duke, Jeffries played one season for the Minnesota Strikers of the North American Soccer League, appearing in 10 games and scoring two goals. He also made three appearances with the United States national team in 1984. From 1984-88, Jeffries played in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He played for the Minnesota Strikers from 1984-87 and with the Dallas Sidekicks in 1988. After suffering a torn ACL in his knee, he retired from professional soccer and moved to New Orleans to become a financial consultant for Smith-Barney. After three years with Smith-Barney, he started the Lafreniere Select Soccer Program, where he served as Director of Coaching from 1992-96. Born May 20, 1962, Jeffries is married to Terry and has three children, Katlin (7), A.J. (5) and Nathan (1). He has a BachelorÆs degree in Electrical Engineering and Public Policy from Duke and a MasterÆs in Finance from Tulane.
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