Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It's Jay Heaps

On the heels of the surprising dismissal of Steve Nicol, which is still sending a tremulous reverb throughout the portion of New England that's left over from the bloodletting, we have Mr. Revolution himself, Jay Heaps, riding into the soupy morass. Martin Rennie just got a drinking buddy.

Heaps of course is the Revs' career leader in appearances with 294, and he's now the second-youngest coach in the league next to DC's Ben Olsen. Which is a fitting segue, actually. Olsen took over United at the tender age of 33 midway through the 2010 season, less than a full year after his retirement as a player. After a moribund year, United lurched forward under Olsen's youthful, one-of-the-guys leadership style in 2011. There is something to be said for that in this league. If Heaps can marry some of that tactical know-how with a harmonious locker room, this could turn out to be a tremendously good get. Of course the danger with these kinds of hires is their crash-and-burn percentage is almost just as high. Feast or famine.

Like many of you my most vivid Heaps memory isn't exactly a positive one. Sorry, Revs fans. Didn't mean to dredge up bad memories, but how long ago does this seem?

- Will Parchman

1 comment:

Jayboy said...

My worst memory of Heaps was him getting torched in the Gold Cup final when we lost 5-0.
On the flip side, I actually sat next to him on a flight a year ago and he was unbelievably nice and was happy to talk about soccer for the full 2 hour flight.
He has big shoes to fill, but I hope he succeeds. The Revs need some fresh blood (and a f-ing stadium!)