The Adirondack Sports and Entertainment Group has announced that Jesse Myers will be the Rochester Rhinos head coach for the 2012 season. Myers joins the Rhinos after spending the past fourteen seasons with the Richmond Kickers organization. Myers most recently served as Leigh Cowlishaw’s assistant coach with the Kickers professional team and as the director of the Richmond Kickers Soccer Academy. During his tenure Myers has coached in over 450 USL matches.
“Jesse has been a member of a stable and successful franchise in Richmond over the past fifteen years. He is a well-respected name in American soccer who has numerous contacts both collegiately and professionally. Jesse has been involved in all levels of soccer from the grass roots youth level to the first team professional set-up in Richmond.” Rochester Rhinos President and COO Pat Ercoli said.
Richmond posted a 224-129-63 record in Jesse Myers time with the organization. The Kickers made the playoffs fourteen times and advanced to the USL League Finals in 2002, 2005, 2007, and 2010. Richmond won the USL Second Division in 2006 and 2009. His teams posted a 17-11 record in the US Open Cup and advanced to the Open Cup Semi-Finals as recently as this past season. During Myers tenure the Kickers were 4-8-3 against the Rochester Rhinos in the regular season. However, the Kickers did eliminate the Rhinos from the playoffs in 2002 and 2005. Myers also served as the head coach of the Richmond Kickers Destiny (W-League). He led the team to a 32-24-3 record and appearances in the Eastern Conference Final in 2006 and 2007.
“I am ecstatic to be here in Rochester with the Rhinos for my first professional head coaching job. It is a great opportunity for me to be here. I understand how passionate the fans and community here in Rochester are about soccer. I hope they look forward to joining us in our top priority– to bring a title back to Rochester.” Rochester Rhinos Head Coach Jesse Myers said.