General Manager of Soccer Operations
John Doyle is in his seventh season with the club as general manager of soccer operations.
After a 3-6-6 start to 2013, Doyle appointed Mark Watson the interim head coach after the resignation of Frank Yallop. San Jose closed with an 11-5-3 mark, narrowly missing the MLS Cup Playoffs due to a tiebreaker. Despite missing the postseason, there were plenty of bright spots, including midseason acquisitions of U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson and English defender Jordan Stewart. These signings and a deep squad helped advance the club to the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals after finishing atop Group 5 with six points and a plus-two goal differential.
Doyle and the Earthquakes had one of the most successful regular-seasons in club history in 2012, finishing 19-6-9 with 66 points, the third-highest total in MLS history. Doyle’s savvy offseason acquisitions, including Honduran national teamers Victor Bernardez and Marvin Chavez and Tottenham Hotspur professional Simon Dawkins, coupled with timely roster moves from the previous three seasons played a key role in securing the club’s second Supporters’ Shield trophy. Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon each had career years after joining the Earthquakes through separate trades in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
Wins on the field were hard to come by in 2011, but that season laid the foundation for the success of 2012. Along with the acquisitions of Lenhart and Gordon, Doyle signed rookie midfielder Rafael Baca and negotiated the initial loan deal for Tottenham Hotspur professional Simon Dawkins. Each of those four players would play a pivotal role for the Earthquakes during their Shield run in 2012.
The 2010 season was a benchmark for success under Doyle’s leadership. A mixture of transactions played a key role in San Jose’s run to the Eastern Conference Championship. Doyle signed veteran goalkeeper Jon Busch, acquired a budding star in Sam Cronin and picked up the club’s first Designated Player, former FC Barcelona and Hull City star Geovanni. With a bevy of talent on the back line, the Earthquakes also set a new franchise mark with 13 shutouts in 2010.
Despite an unfavorable record in 2009, it was Doyle’s trade to acquire Wondolowski from Houston that resonates most from that season. Doyle sent Cam Weaver to Houston in exchange for Wondolowski and a second-round pick in the 2010 SuperDraft on June 9, 2009.
After a slow start in their 2008 expansion season, Doyle showed his resourcefulness by overhauling the team’s attack during the international transfer window in July, signing English midfielder Darren Huckerby and former AS Roma midfielder Francisco Lima, and trading for midfielder Arturo Alvarez. Those moves jump-started the Quakes attack and helped them put together a nine-game unbeaten streak from July 12-Sept. 27, the longest unbeaten streak in the league in 2008 and the second-longest ever by an expansion team. The team finished the year with more wins (8), points (33) and goals scored (32) than any expansion team in the decade.
Doyle has been a part of the Earthquakes’ organization every season since its inception. He and Michael Emenalo were signed as the first players in club history on Dec. 7, 1995, when the team was known as the San Jose Clash. The Fremont, Calif. native played five illustrious seasons as the captain of the Clash/Earthquakes and until 2003 held the team records for games played (132) and minutes played (11,385). A two-time MLS All-Star (1996, 1997), Doyle scored 11 goals and dished out 15 assists in his career. He was the 1996 MLS Defender of the Year and named to the League’s Best XI that year.
Following his retirement at the end of the 2000 season, Doyle served as the television analyst from 2001-03. He was then hired on Jan. 22, 2004, as the assistant coach for Dominic Kinnear. With Doyle as the assistant coach, the Quakes made two consecutive playoff appearances and in 2005 won the Supporters’ Shield. The 2005 team became just the second team in league history to record over 60 points. In 2005, Doyle was the inaugural member of the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame.
The former University of San Francisco All-American enjoyed one of the most decorated playing careers in U.S. soccer history. Doyle first began training with the U.S. national team in 1987 and was a member of the squad until 1994. He played in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 1990 World Cup in Italy, as well as the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Doyle earned 53 caps for the U.S., notching three goals and two assists.
Doyle grew up in nearby Fremont and starred at Washington High School. He resides in Pleasanton with his wife, Kaarin, and their two children, Jay and Kate.
Ian Russell returns to San Jose for his seventh season as one of the top young assistant coaches in Major League Soccer. The former Earthquakes player works closely with head coach Mark Watson in the preparation of daily training sessions, while also helping to coordinate San Jose’s international and collegiate scouting efforts.
Russell has contributed to several milestones since 2008. The Earthquakes posted what was the best expansion effort in league history over the previous decade in 2008. He also helped San Jose reach the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2010 and 2012, the latter of which came after an historic regular season that included a 19-6-9 record for 66 points and the club’s second Supporters’ Shield trophy.
A native of Seattle, Wash., Russell spent six seasons playing for the San Jose Earthquakes from 2000-05, and seven total years in MLS. After being selected in the fifth round of the 2000 MLS SuperDraft, Russell appeared in 131 games for the Quakes. A lightning-quick midfielder, he scored five goals and notched 20 assists, aiding the Quakes to their two MLS Cups in 2001 and 2003. Russell’s best season came in 2001 when he started all 26 league matches, producing three goals and nine assists.
Prior to his MLS career, Russell starred at the University of Washington as a three-time (1995-97) All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation First Team honoree. He moved on to play two seasons for the Seattle Sounders, then of the A-League. Russell holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “A” coaching license.
Head Athletic Trainer
Brian Lee enters his second season as the head athletic trainer of the San Jose Earthquakes. He brings 14 years of professional experience to the club, including a successful stint with Chivas USA.
Lee began his career as the head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach of the Arizona Thunder (World Indoor Soccer League) from 1998-00. He held the same position with the Arizona Heatwave (USL W-League) from 2000-04. He also spent six years from 2002-08 as the head strength and conditioning coach and assistant athletic trainer for the Arizona Rattlers (Arena Football League). His diverse background in rehabilitation and performance training of athletes found him accepting a position as the director of sports performance with Spooner Physical Therapy in Scottsdale, Arizona from 2004-2006, and as the director of sports performance at CATZ (Competitive Athlete Training Zone) in Chandler/Scottsdale, Arizona from 2006-11.
In April of 2011, Lee joined Chivas USA as their head athletic trainer and remained there until his move to San Jose in January of 2013.
Lee is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of California, Davis and a Masters of Science in Sports Health Care at AT Still University in Mesa, Arizona
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Derek Lawrance enters his second season with the Earthquakes as the assistant athletic trainer after joining the club in January. He brings five years of professional experience to San Jose, including a recent stint with Chivas USA.
Lawrance began his career with an internship at D.C. United before accepting a position as assistant athletic trainer at Elon University in North Carolina. He worked with the school’s men’s soccer and softball from 2008-11, eventually moving back to Major League Soccer with a position as the assistant athletic trainer for Chivas USA in 2012.
Prior to his professional experience, Lawrance graduated with a degree in athletic training from James Madison University in 2006. He went on to complete his master’s in exercise science at Georgia Southern University in 2008. Lawrance was also a collegiate soccer player at Emory and Henry College from 2001-03.