First-team architect Graham Smith steps down at Sacramento Republic FC

Graham Smith, who has overseen the technical side of Sacramento Republic FC since its launch in 2014, has stepped down as director of football.

Offseason USL coaching moves:
Pittsburgh: Out: Dave Brandt. In: Bob Lilley.
Rio Grande Valley FC: Out: Junior Gonzalez.
Rochester: Out: Bob Lilley.
Swope Park Rangers: Out: Nikola Popovic.

Sac Republic FC won the USL title in its first season and has reached the USL playoffs all four seasons. The 70-year-old Smith's first player signing was Rodrigo Lopez, who now plays for Toluca in Mexico.

“I feel very privileged to have spent the past five years working with a tremendous group of individuals who forged Republic FC into a wonderful football club that is now MLS-ready,” said Smith. “I am grateful to Warren Smith and those early pioneers who worked assiduously to build this organization from the outset.  And now under the astute stewardship of Kevin Nagle, I sincerely believe that the fans of Sacramento have their best days in football ahead of them. Thank you to the club, its fans and this community for all the memories.”

Graham Smith's son, Adam Smith, was a Sac Republic assistant coach and just hired as the head coach of expansion Fresno FC.
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