Director of Youth Development
Head Coach, Under-18s
Bryan Scales is in his seventh season with the New England Revolution Academy, while the 2015-16 season will be his 22nd in coaching. The new campaign is his sixth year as the Director of Youth Development after being promoted to that position in November 2010. Scales also served as the head coach of the Under-16 squad from 2009-2015 before taking charge of the Under-18 team ahead of the 2015-16 season.
Scales oversees all of the Revolution Academy teams, including day-to-day management of the Revolution's Under-18, Under-16 and Under-14 teams. The U-18s and U-16s are now in their eighth season playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, while the Under-14 team is in its fourth season after being added ahead of the 2012-13 season.
Scales manages the Academy staff and creates and implements the youth teams' coaching curriculum, development philosophy and training methods. In his position as Director of Youth Development, Scales coordinates with the Revolution’s first team technical staff on which Academy players are selected to train with the first team or play with the team’s PDL affiliate, the Real Boston Rams.
In 2010, Scales earned East Conference coach of the year honors from U.S. Soccer after leading the U-16 squad to the Northeast Division title and its first-ever appearance in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs. Following the season, the Revolution signed its first ever Homegrown Player, then 15-year old Diego Fagundez, who has since become the youngest player in Major League Soccer to make 100 appearances and score 25 goals. In December 2012, the New England added its second Homegrown signing in Scott Caldwell, who led MLS in minutes played by a former Academy player in 2013.
Scales was also named East Conference coach of the year following the 2014-15 season, where the Revs U-16s advanced to the Development Academy Playoff Quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Revolution also added their third Homegrown Player in May 2015, signing Zachary Herivaux after four years in the Revs Academy.
Scales originally joined the Revolution’s youth program in a part-time capacity as the head coach with the Under-16 program in the summer of 2009. He was promoted to Director of Youth Development in November 2010.
He came to the Revs from UMass-Lowell, where he was the school’s head men’s soccer coach. He stepped down in October 2010 to accept the Revolution’s Director of Youth Development position.
A product of Medway, Mass., Scales arrived at UMass-Lowell from Cornell University, where he spent 15 years: four years as an assistant coach (1994-98), followed by a successful 11-year run as head coach (1998-2008). In 2001, Scales was a finalist for national coach of the year honors after leading the Big Red to a No. 22 ranking in the polls and winning the New York region's coach of the year.
Before moving to Cornell, Scales spent time assistant coaching at Harvard (1992-94) and Plattsburgh State (1991-92) after a stellar playing career at Hartwick College. On a national scale, he has been an assistant coach with the U.S. Boys’ Under-15 National Team as well as a Development Academy scout for U.S. Soccer.
Scales holds Premier, Advanced National and National Diplomas from the NSCAA and was awarded the Elite Formation Coaching License (EFCL) from the French Football Federation in January 2015. The EFCL, a 21-month course conducted primarily at the FFF national training center in Clairefontaine, France, is a product of the recent technical relationship between MLS and the FFF.
A 1991 graduate of Hartwick, Scales was a two-year starter in the midfield and defense and helped the Hawks to the 1987 and 1989 NCAA tournaments. A four-year letter winner, Scales received his bachelor's degree in political science.
Scales and his wife, Mindy, have three children and live in Grafton, Mass.