Nashville SC

Gary Smith adds former Rapids assistant to Nashville SC staff


From Club release:

NASHVILLE (January 24, 2019) – Nashville Soccer Club and head coach Gary Smith have added an assistant to the coaching staff in 2019. Brett Jacobs, who was an assistant under Smith with the Colorado Rapids when Smith won an MLS Cup, will join Smith on the sidelines for Nashville SC this season.

“Brett brings a wealth of experience from a variety of cultures and successes,” said Smith. “He has been part of some great developmental systems with Portland [Timbers], Colorado [Rapids] & AFC Wimbledon [while in the Premier League]. In 2010, Brett played a valuable role as an assistant to me when the MLS Trophy was lifted in Colorado, and he has most recently continued his education in mainland Europe for the last year. I’m extremely pleased to have Brett as a new member to our NSC family and am looking forward to what the future brings for us.”

Brett Jacobs, no relation to Technical Director Mike Jacobs, worked as an assistant under Smith from 2009-2011 with the Rapids, including the 2010 season when the pair won an MLS Cup. After a professional playing career that spanned 11 years in the U.S. and England, Jacobs entered the coaching world as an assistant for the Michigan Bucks in USL League Two, helping lead the Bucks to a national championship in 2006.

After his stint in MLS with Colorado, Jacobs received his first head coaching opportunity at Clark College just outside of Portland, Ore. In 2016, Jacobs became the head coach of Portland Timbers U-23 of USL League Two. His most recent stop was as the head coach of Europa Point FC in Gibraltar.

“I couldn’t tell you how excited and genuinely happy I am,” said Jacobs. “It’s been a long time since I have had a chance to work with Gary and win that MLS Cup. He is someone that I have looked up to, and we have remained good friends and colleagues ever since our time in Colorado. I have the highest amount of respect for him. Nashville is a wonderful market, and it’s great to see soccer growing in the South.”

Interesting to see a guy with plenty of youth experience (he was head coach for Portland Timbers U-23, has also coached Michigan Bucks of the PDL) on this staff, simply because of where it stands right now – a pretty experienced USL side. Where it’s going in the future – as an MLS squad, it will be a while before they can build from a youth structure simply because of the available talent locally – is also interesting for that sort of background.

Of course, Jacobs isn’t just a youth guy, with stints at the Rapids (alongside Smith), and as a head coach in Europe.

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