FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Two years ago, Jay Heaps stepped up to the microphone at Gillette Stadium to announce his retirement from professional soccer.
On Wednesday, the former Revolution defender and Longmeadow, Mass., native was up there again, only to be introduced as the new coach of his hometown club.
"I am so excited for this opportunity," Heaps said during Wednesday's news conference. "I want to thank the entire Kraft family for believing that I'll be the right leader for this position and to deliver a new culture and implement a new and exciting vision."
That is something that is desperately needed after the Revolution slid to the bottom of the Eastern Conference this past season.
Even though previous coach Steve Nicol had led the club to four MLS Cup finals (2002, 2005, 2006, 20007), it was clear that changes were needed.
After the conclusion of the season, the Revolution and Nicol parted ways.
"When Michael and I were putting our list together, we knew that Jay was going to be one of the candidates," Revolution president Brian Bilello said. "We were confident that he had the makeup to be a great coach."
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