Assistant Coach/Director of Goalkeeping, Under-14s & Under-13s
Karl Spratt is in his 11th season as a goalkeeper 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 Academy teams’ goalkeepers – Under-13s through Under-19s.
During Spratt’s time with the organization, the Under-16s qualified for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs five times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016) and the Under-18s qualified four times (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016). The U-18s also made their first-ever trip to national Finals Week in 2013 while the U-16s advanced to the Playoff Quarterfinals in 2015. Under the guidance of Spratt, former U-18s goalkeepers Austin Aviza and Trey Miller have both been called in to U.S. National Team training camps, as well as Eliot Jones & Nick Cardona who have been called in to Under-14, Under-16 and Under-17 National Team camps.
In addition to his work with the Academy, Spratt assists first team goalkeeper coach Kevin Hitchcock, working with first team goalkeepers at home when the team is on the road. On a national scale, Spratt has been active with U.S. Soccer since 2012, primarily working as a goalkeeper coach at U.S. Soccer National Training Centers. In July 2019, he and coach Jasir Charris traveled to Munich, Germany to take part in a week-long advanced goalkeeping education program with the German Football Association (DFB / Deutscher Fußball-Bund), in partnership with Major League Soccer and adidas.
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 works with the goalkeepers at Providence College, helping the Friars win the 2016 Big EAST Regular Season Championship and the 2013 Big East Tournament, while advancing to the NCAA College Cup Final Four for the first time in program history. In 2016, Spratt also helped Providence advance to the NCAA round of Elite Eight, with the Friars Goalkeeper claiming the Big East Goalkeeper of the year award.
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 is currently on the US Soccer Federation’s licensing pathway. Spratt also became an NSCAA national staff goalkeeper instructor in 2013.
A native of Newcastle, England, Spratt spent time as a player with Manchester United's youth academy, and was part of an England National Team developmental squad at the Under-18 level.
Currently, Spratt resides in Rumford, R.I with his wife Caitriona and their son.