Minnesota United fires head coach Adrian Heath and technical director Mark Watson
According to Minnesota United FC, the team has parted ways with Head Coach Adrian Heath after seven seasons.
Heath joined MNUFC in November 2016, ahead of the club’s 2017 first season in MLS. Over his time with the club, he had a 91-101-56 record and made the MLS Cup Playoffs four times (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022).
“We are grateful to Adrian for his dedication to our club and for all that we have accomplished over the last seven seasons. This was a difficult decision, but we believe that the time is right to move in a new direction,” said MNUFC CEO, Shari Ballard. “Whenever a club decides to make a coaching change, there is a tendency to focus only on the end of that coach’s tenure; however, the conclusion of Adrian’s time with MNUFC should not diminish his significant contributions to our club. His passion and hard work have been enormously impactful, and we thank him for all that he has done for MNUFC and for our community.”
Assistant Coach Sean McCauley will serve as the Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2023 MLS campaign, while Assistant Coach Ian Fuller and Goalkeeping Coach Stewart Kerr will remain in their current roles.
In addition, Minnesota United announced they have parted ways with Technical Director Mark Watson. Watson joined MNUFC as an assistant coach in the club’s inaugural MLS season in 2017. Watson was named the club’s Technical Director following the 2019 MLS campaign.