Director of Goalkeeping
Karl Spratt is in his sixth season as a goalkeepers coach for the New England Revolution's Youth Development Program after joining the club in November 2009. In 2013, Spratt took on the added role of Director of Goalkeeping, developing the goalkeeper-specific curriculum for the Revolution Academy’s commercial programs, in addition to managing all of the youth teams’ goalkeepers – Under-14s through Under-18s.
During Spratt’s time with the organization, the Under-16s have qualified for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs three times (2010, 2011 and 2012) and the Under-18s have qualified four times (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014). The U18s also made their first-ever trip to national Finals Week in 2013. Additionally, Under-18 goalkeeper Austin Aviza has been called into the U.S. Under-18 Team’s training camps on several occasions and has regularly trained with the Revs’ first team, including a trip to preseason training camp in Tucson, Ariz., in February 2014.
Spratt's previous work experience includes coaching stints with a variety of English club academy programs, including Sunderland AFC and Darlington FC. He also spent time as the goalkeepers coach with the College of Holy Cross, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and various universities in northeast England. Currently, Spratt also works with the goalkeepers at Providence College, and helped the Friars advance to the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament.
A graduate of the University of Sunderland, Spratt holds a bachelor's degree in sport and exercise development and has his FA goalkeeping licenses. He has also earned the NSCAA’s Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and became an NSCAA national staff goalkeepers instructor in 2013.
A native of Newcastle, England, Spratt spent time as a player with Manchester United's youth academy, and was also part of an England National Team developmental squad at the Under-18 level.
Spratt currently lives in Providence, R.I.