December 23, 2015
TAKING OVER THE 17s
U.S. Soccer tabs John Hackworth
CHICAGO - U.S. Soccer has appointed former Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth as the head coach of the U-17 Men’s National Team. He replaces Richie Williams, who has been named assistant coach of Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer.
“We are thrilled to have John Hackworth on board to lead the U-17 Men’s National Team,” said U.S. Soccer Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann. “John is highly respected within the U.S. Soccer community and has experience in all levels of the game, including MLS. He has a positive coaching approach and is great at building bridges. We want to thank Richie Williams for his tireless work and commitment to the program.”
Hackworth begins his second stint in charge of the U-17 program. A veteran with U.S. Soccer, Hackworth began his involvement with the organization in 2002 when he first became an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team under former head coach John Ellinger. Hackworth went on to become the U-17 head coach two years later and in the following year took the USA to the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, where the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals. In his last year as head coach of the U-17’s, he once again led the Red, White and Blue to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, with the USA bowing out in the Round of 16.
Following his stint at the U-17 level, Hackworth became an assistant coach with the senior Men’s National Team and continued to be on the sidelines until 2009. He also served as the inaugural Technical Director of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
“This program is near and dear to my heart, I’m excited and honored to be back working with the U-17 National Team,” said Hackworth. “This is an important age group on the National Team pathway and I’m looking forward to overseeing the training environment that will allow them to maximize their potential at this stage of their careers.”
After serving as an assistant coach for two and a half seasons with the Union, Hackworth posted a 23-30-20 all-time MLS record after replacing Peter Nowak on June 13, 2012. He was fired by the Union on June 10, almost two years to the day after taking over the team.