John Doyle | Mark Watson | Nick Dasovic | Ian Russell | Jason Batty | Brian Lee | Derek Lawrance

John Doyle

General Manager of Soccer Operations

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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.

Mark Watson

Head Coach

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Mark Watson enters his first full season as the club’s head coach after serving as the interim head coach from June 7, 2013 through the end of last season. Previously, he spent three-and-one-half seasons as an assistant coach with the club.

Watson was named the club’s on Oct. 30, 2013, four days after the end of the season. He closed with an 11-5-3 regular season record after taking over in June. His mark of 1.89 points-per game was tops among all coaches during that timeframe. The Earthquakes narrowly missed the MLS Cup Playoffs, tying the Colorado Rapids for the fifth and final spot in the Western Conference, only to fall short due to the league’s second tiebreaker. He also led the club to the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals where they will face Toluca (Mexico) next March.

Watson helped transform San Jose’s defense, recording eight shutouts during his 19-games as head coach. Five of those shutouts came during the final two months of the season as the Earthquakes finished on a seven-game MLS unbeaten streak while allowing just two goals in the process. Including a pair of CONCACAF Champions League wins, the Earthquakes were 7-0-2 and outscored opponents 11-2 in September and October. Watson’s squad engineered a 430-minute shutout streak over its last five regular season games, the second-longest in club history.

The Earthquakes were 8-0-1 at home under Watson. The team didn’t allow a goal at Buck Shaw Stadium for 546 minutes starting on July 27 when Darlington Nagbe scored in the 83rd minute and ending with Stephen Keel’s 90th-minute header in San Jose’s final game of the season on Oct. 26.

Watson, the Canadian native of Vancouver, British Columbia joined the Earthquakes staff in 2010. He contributed to a memorable 2010 season, as San Jose reached the Conference Championship in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2003 and finished with the No. 3 mark all-time in franchise history for points with 46.

Previously, Watson served as both a player and assistant coach for the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) from 2006-09. During that same time, he was an assistant coach in the Canadian national team system from 2004-09, aiding with the U-20, U-23 and senior squads. He was on the staff of the U-23 team for Olympic qualifying in 2004 and 2008, and also worked with the U-20 team in qualifying for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. The former defender and captain appeared in 78 matches for the Canadian national team, scoring three goals. Watson helped Canada win the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

During his playing career, Watson spent time in England with Watford from 1993-95, and came to MLS in its inaugural season in 1996, splitting time between the Columbus Crew and the New England Revolution. Watson played with the Seattle Sounders briefly in 1997, and then went abroad to Sweden from 1997-98 to play with Osters IF. He played in the Second Division in England with Oxford and Oldham before returning to the United States in 2001 for a season with D.C. United.

Nick Dasovic

Assistant Coach

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Nick Dasovic enters his second season as an assistant coach after joining the club on June 18, 2013. Dasovic brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to San Jose and works with the club on day-to-day practice planning and game preparations.

As a player, Dasovic started his professional career with Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia from 1989-91 and then moved back to his native Canada where he played for the North York Rockets for two seasons. He was an original member of the Montreal Impact from 1993-94, where he made 36 career appearances and scored four goals. From 1995-96, he made stints with the Vancouver 86ers, Stade Briochin in France and Trelleborgs in Sweden. Dasovic settled in at St. Johnstone in Scotland from 1996-02, making 137 appearances. During his first year in Scotland, Dasovic was part of a Saints team that won promotion to the Premier League. As an international player, Dasovic made 63 appearances for the Canadian national team between 1992-04 and played alongside current Earthquakes interim head coach Mark Watson.

Dasovic became a player-coach for Vancouver Whitecaps FC from 2002-05 and then accepted an assistant coaching position with the Canadian U-20s from 2005-07. From 2008-10, Dasovic moved to Toronto FC to become the head coach of their academy as well as being an assistant coach for the senior squad. In addition to his roles with Toronto FC in 2008, Dasovic was an assistant coach with the Canadian national team and head coach of Canada’s U-23s. Under his guidance, the U-23s earned a 1-1 draw with the heavily-favored Mexican squad during CONCACAF’s 2008 Olympic qualifying. On Sept. 14, 2010, Dasovic was named the interim head coach for Toronto FC. He finished the campaign 3-4-3 before moving on to become the head coach of the Canadian U-20s in 2011 – a position he still holds today.

Ian Russell

Assistant Coach

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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.

Jason Batty

Goalkeeper Coach

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Jason Batty returns for his seventh season as the goalkeeper coach for the San Jose Earthquakes. The New Zealand native works day-to-day with the club’s goalkeepers and plays a key role in opponent scouting.

Batty has been instrumental in the development of San Jose goalkeepers since taking over in 2008. In 2012, veteran goalkeeper Jon Busch was selected to the MLS All-Star team and in 2011, David Bingham was named to U.S. Men’s National Team U-23 training camp in Germany.

In 2010, Batty oversaw a goalkeeping crew that posted a franchise record 13 clean sheets during the regular season. Keeper Jon Busch provided a steadying presence in goal for the Earthquakes all season long, especially down the stretch of the regular season after Joe Cannon suffered a season-ending fractured ankle.

In 2008, Joe Cannon had another outstanding season. Cannon ended the year as one of six players in MLS to play every minute of every game, recording a career-high 2,700 minutes.

Prior to joining the Earthquakes, Batty was the Director of Goalkeeping for Texas Premier SC, while serving as a coach for a number of soccer academies and camps. He previously served as an assistant coach and the goalkeeper coach for Dartmouth College.

As a player, he competed professionally for 14 seasons in England, Singapore, New Zealand and the United States. Batty earned 55 caps for New Zealand’s national team.

He and his wife, Jess, have two children.

Brian Lee

Head Athletic Trainer

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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

Derek Lawrance

Assistant Athletic Trainer

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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.