Harrington named TCIFA technical director

Craig Harrington (middle) was named technical director of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association on December 16, 2013. (Photo courtesy of the LA Galaxy)

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) confirmed Monday the appointment of Craig Harrington as its new Technical Director.

Harrington, a native of Hillingdon, England, is a former youth player at Swindon Town and Oxford United.  Most recently, he spent three seasons coaching in the youth academy of Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy (2010-2013), helping to development and growth its programs.

As head coach of the Galaxy’s Under-16 team, Harrington led his squad to the 2011-12 USSDA SoCal Division Championship, as well as having four (4) players called up to the U15 US National Team and eight (8) players called up to the U17 US National Team.

He was also a part of the club’s senior staff that won consecutive MLS Cup titles in 2011 and 2012.

Prior to joining the Galaxy in 2010, Harrington was Director of Coaching at the Newport Mesa Club and Technical Director at the Tustin Premier Soccer Club. He holds a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" coaching license, the highest license awarded by the national association. 

“We very much look forward to welcoming Craig Harrington as the new Technical Director of the Football Association,” said Chris Bryan, President of the TCIFA.  “We have been very thorough in our recruitment process and have been successful in attracting a high caliber individual with excellent coaching credentials.

“Craig has been involved in the development of the game at professional level in North America and has good contacts with semi pro clubs as well as colleges throughout the United States and Europe.  It is a reflection on the way we operate as an Association that we can attract such outstanding candidates as Craig.  We look forward to continuing progression in youth player development as well as increasing the competiveness of our national teams during his tenure.”

TCIFA Secretary General Sonia Bien-Aime seconded Bryan’s sentiments, adding that 2014 looks to be “spectacular” for football in the country. 

“Craig's background, qualifications and overall experiences and contacts will no doubt be of great benefit to the TCIFA as we look to improving our product,” she commented.  “2014 promises to be a spectacular year for the TCIFA, partnering with the CFU, CONCACAF and FIFA to introduce new and existing opportunities to the Football Association.”