ALEX COVELO - DIRECTOR OF METHODOLOGY
Covelo has returned to his original position as Director of Methodology after serving as the club’s interim head coach in 2022. He will oversee coaching development for the second team and academy and continue implementing a style of play and identity that aligns with the first team.
Covelo originally joined the Earthquakes as the club’s Director of Methodology in April 2017. He has also served as an assistant coach for the Quakes on two separate occasions, filling in under interim head coach Chris Leitch for half of the 2017 season and interim head coach Steve Ralston at the end of the 2018 season. He was later appointed head coach of Earthquakes II in MLS NEXT Pro ahead of their inaugural season in 2022 before being elevated to interim head coach of the first team in April later that same year.
As Director of Methodology, he has been responsible for establishing a one-club game development program for players and coaches. He also works directly with high-potential players within the Quakes Academy and has been influential in the academy’s rise in recent years. Since Covelo’s arrival, the Quakes Academy has sent players to youth national teams for the United States, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, and Iceland.
He was previously a coaching instructor at Ekkono Soccer Services Group based out of Barcelona that leads the technical program of French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain. He also served as the head coach of San Marino in the Italian third division from 2014-15. Covelo had a variety of roles in his native Spain as well, including time with RCD Espanyol and CF Badalona.