Director of Youth Development
Head Coach, Under-19s
Bryan Scales has 29 years of coaching experience, including 12 years with the New England Revolution. The 2020-21 season will be his 11th year as the Director of Youth Development after being promoted to that position in November 2010. Previously he 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 and currently serves as the head coach of the Under-19 team, taking over that role midway through the 2019-20 season.
Scales oversees all of the Revolution Academy teams, including day-to-day management of the Revolution's Under-19, Under-17, Under-15, and Under-14 teams. The U-19s and U-17s are entering their first season playing in the newly-formed MLS Academy League and their 12th season overall. The Under-15 team is in its third season, being added prior to the start of the 2017-18 season, the Under-14 team is in its eighth season after being added ahead of the 2012-13 season.
Since becoming the Director of Youth Development, Scales has overseen 38 Revolution Academy players called in to various levels of the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team, as well as the signing of each of the Revolution’s seven Homegrown Players, which includes two in 2019 alone.
The Revolution signed its first-ever Homegrown Player in 2010, 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. He is currently the Revolution’s second all-time leading scorer. In 2012, the club added its second Homegrown signing in Scott Caldwell, who led MLS in minutes played by a former Academy player in 2013. Fagundez and Caldwell became the first Homegrown field players to surpass 10,000 minutes in MLS play. In 2015, New England signed Zachary Herivaux, who has recorded playing time in both MLS matches as well as U.S. Open Cup play before departing the club in 2019 for San Antonio FC. In 2018, the Revs signed Isaac Angking, who made his MLS debut on Sept. 5 at NYCFC. In December 2018, the team signed Nicolas Firmino. Shortly after, in January 2019, the team signed Justin Rennicks, who debuted against Columbus Crew SC on March 9. Most recently, the Revolution signed Damian Rivera in November 2019 as the club’s seventh Homegrown Player. Rivera made his professional debut in August 2020 featuring for Revolution II in its inaugural USL League One season.
Scales manages the Academy staff and creates and oversees 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.
In 2016-17, Scales led the Revolution's Under-18 team to an East Region Northeast Division title with a record of 15-3-6.
Scales was 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.
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.
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.
Prior to joining the Revolution, he served as UMass-Lowell’s head coach for men’s soccer. 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 playing 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 a UEFA “A” license (Elite Formation Coaching License) from the French Football Federation, a US Soccer “A” License as well as the United Soccer Coaches International Premier, Advanced National and National Diplomas.
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.