Lisa Cole will return as head coach of the Boston Breakers next season, the club announced on Friday.
Cole led the Breakers to a league-best 11-3-0 record in her first season at the helm in 2012 and earned a playoff berth in the process.
“I am very happy to be back coaching the Breakers this year,” Cole said in a statement on Friday. ”It’s a great organization, in the city, with the best fans. We have set up a professional environment for players, and I feel like we can put together a team everyone can be proud of. Boston is a city used to bringing home championships.”
Cole originally arrived in Boston as an assistant to former head coach Tony DiCicco in 2009, the first season of the now-defunct Women’s Professional Soccer. Following the 2011 season, DiCicco stepped down and Cole was given the reins.
But a cloud of uncertainty cast itself over the club going into the 2012 season. In January, the league announced that it had suspended operations for the year. As a result, Cole was left to wonder whether she’d even get the chance to coach the Breakers.
Shortly after the WPS announcement, the club entered the newly-formed WPSL Elite division, an eight-team league that served as a placeholder for top-flight women’s soccer.
Tasked with assembling a new roster nearly from scratch, Cole guided the Breakers to one of its most successful seasons in club history.