Cole Signs On for 2nd Season with Breakers

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.

“Lisa is without a doubt one the foremost coaches in the country,” Boston Breakers Managing Partner Michael Stoller said in a statement. “She has been with us for four years, bringing the Breakers to a regular season championship last year in the Elite League as our head coach and we are thrilled to have her committed to the Breakers.”
 
With the Breakers slotted for another transition to a new league in 2013 – the un-named league sponsored by U.S. Soccer – the return of Cole should give the club a steadying presence.
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