On Monday, the Revolution named Clint Peay — who played for Arena at the University of Virginia and at D.C. United — as the inaugural head coach for New England Revolution II, which begins play in USL League One next year.
“I have known and worked closely with Clint for nearly 30 years, and there are few people in this game who I trust more when it comes to evaluating and developing rising young talent,” Revolution technical director Curt Onalfo said in a statement. “His championship pedigree as a player, combined with his wealth of experience working with the top young players in North America, make him the ideal leader for Revolution II as we work to redefine and improve our player development system.”
Peay, 46, joins New England from the USL Championship’s North Carolina FC, which he served this past year as an assistant coach under Dave Sarachan. He has 17 years of coaching experience, having also worked on U.S. Soccer’s technical staff from 2012-19 — first with the U-17 program and then with the U-14 and U-15 teams. Peay also coached at Richmond University, Georgetown University, Davidson College and George Mason University.
“I am very grateful to Bruce Arena, Curt Onalfo, and the entire Revolution organization for entrusting me with the great responsibility of leading Revolution II in its inaugural season,” Peay said in the statement. “I am thrilled to bring my passion for player development and competition to Foxborough, and I look forward to getting to work with the staff and players to build a competitive team for this season and beyond.”
Peay joined forces with Arena and Revolution assistant coach Richie Williams at UVA, where he won four Division I titles.
Arena, who was D.C. United’s inaugural coach, drafted Peay with the 90th overall pick in the 1996 MLS Draft. Peay played 43 games at center back for D.C., including the team’s 1996 MLS Cup victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy at Foxborough Stadium.
Peay also represented the U.S. U-23 national team and competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
New England is one of three expansion teams joining USL League One — U.S. Soccer’s third division league — in 2020. The club will announce additional coaching hires, player signings and its 2020 schedule in the coming weeks.