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Troy Lesesne named head coach of USL New Mexico expansion club
Independence assistant spent 4 years in Charlotte
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 8:07 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

USL New Mexico owner Peter Trevisani, left, and new coach Troy Lesesne.

Becoming a head coach has always been in the cards for Troy Lesesne.

USL New Mexico, an expansion club set to begin play in 2019, announced Lesesne as head coach and technical director today. He left his position as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Independence earlier this month.

“Over the last four years, I’ve been trying to put my name out there,” Lesesne said. “I’ve been trying to show in Charlotte what I’m capable of as a coach in the USL, and I think a lot of this opportunity coming to fruition is based on the success we had in Charlotte. This season has been difficult unfortunately, but we were a point shy of the playoffs in the first year, and made them the last two years. Not only have we produced quality results, but we’ve produced quality play that I think people looked to and said, ‘we want to do what they are doing there in Charlotte.’”

Several interviews over the last month and a half led to a deal with New Mexico.

“I was able to get here, and meet the owner, Peter Trevisani,” Lesesne said. “There’s just a lot of synergy between us. He’s an incredible person, and his philosophy aligns with my philosophy. It really was a hit.”

Lesesne was an assistant coach under Mike Jeffries with the Independence since the club’s inception in 2015. They advanced to the USL playoffs twice in the last three seasons, and advanced to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup round of 16 during their inaugural season.

“Mike hired me under the notion that he really wanted to provide me with an environment, and a platform to go out and find a head coaching job, and use Charlotte as a launchpad to find my own head coach job,” said Lesesne, who worked as an assistant coach at College of Charleston and a liaison between the Charleston Battery and the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps.

“He provided that every day. I was able to really learn and develop under him. To have somebody who is that supportive, when it will ultimately take away from what he is doing day-to-day, because he has to keep his focus on other things, that just tells you about the type of person that he is.”
Jeffries noted he would support Lesesne’s pursuit of a head coach job following their first season. Charlotte’s staff has taken on a different look with the departure of goalkeeper coach Philip Poole, strength and conditioning coach John Lytton, and hiring of goalkeeper coach Joel Tyson. Lesesne and Jeffries remained the franchise’s coaching cornerstones.

“I had different interviews over the last four years,” Lesesne said. “At every turn, Mike was incredibly gracious with his support of me.”

Said Jeffries: “When I first spoke to Troy, his goal was to progress himself here, and to get a job as a head coach in the USL. For him, the last few years have been about pushing and doing well with the Independence. There’s no question in my mind that he’s ready to take over and manage a team.”

Jeffries does not intend to fill the position for the remainder of the 2018 campaign. The intention is to address hiring an assistant coach during the offseason.

“We’re a pretty good ways into the season,” Jeffries said. “We have a pretty good staff here, and it would be hard for someone to come in during the middle of the season, and understand what we do and know the guys. For this year, the initial thought is to continue with the staff that’s in place.”


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Posted on August 24, 2018

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