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Charlotte FC adds Karyn Latorre and Devon Manifold to academy staff
Roles as athletic trainer, performance chief
Published Monday, September 28, 2020 12:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Karyn Latorre and Devon Manifold are the newest Charlotte FC hires.

The club announced Latorre as head academy athletic trainer and Manifold head of performance for the academy.

“I am delighted to join this incredible project and be part of this talented staff,” Latorre said in a statement. “Using my past experiences, I’m looking forward to providing the best care to these promising players.”

Said Manifold: “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this MLS expansion in a fantastic city with avid sports fans. I’m excited to bring my expertise in sport performance and athletic development to the club and I’m dedicated to developing our players into top class footballers.”

Lattore holds a diploma in football medicine from FIFA. She will be responsible for the COVID-19 protocol implementation, medical and injury treatment, concussion testing, as well as determining when a player is fit to return to play. The Colombia native played soccer at Gardner-Webb, after which she went on to work with Orlando City and Philadelphia Union in the MLS.

“Karyn is a vital addition to the team,” Charlotte FC technical director Marc Nicholls said. “She offers a wealth of experience at the Major League Soccer level and has excellent knowledge of the area through her college playing career. Karyn checks all the boxes for what is needed in this role.”

Said academy manager Dan Lock: “We’re really happy to bring on board a head athletic trainer with experience in two MLS academies and a college-level playing career. Karyn is a fantastic addition to the team whose bilingual communication skills are an asset in an academy with a significant proportion of players from a Hispanic background.”

Manifold joins Charlotte from the Seattle Sounders, where he was the developmental performance coach. He is the club’s fourth Sounders connection, along with Nicholls, Lock and head of analytics and U-14 academy coach Mark Simpson. Manifold’s role is to focus on athletic potential among academy players as well as working to prevent injuries and help players better prepare for and recover from games. He has a master’s of science in education from the University of Miami. He was a three-sport athlete growing up: football, soccer and wrestling.“His knowledge and expertise will greatly contribute to the development of all our young players,” Nicholls said. “We are already beginning to see the benefits of his work.”

Said Lock: “Having worked in and played other sports, Devon brings a variety of experience to this role. Performance coaching plays a major role in modern youth development. Devon will give our players the edge in terms of biomechanical education and individual physical development.”



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