Kevin Hitchcock announcement 2019
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New England Revolution hire Kevin Hitchcock as assistant coach

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have added Kevin Hitchcock as an assistant coach. He will replace Rubén Garcia, who departs the club to become Sporting Director of La Liga side SD Huesca. Hitchcock arrives in New England with nearly two decades of professional coaching experience in the top flights of England, Qatar, and India, as well as a decorated 18-year playing career.

"We would like to thank Rubén for his contributions to the club during his time in New England," Head Coach Brad Friedel said. "Though his presence will be missed on the training field and in the locker room, this is a tremendous opportunity for him and we wish him nothing but success with Huesca. At the same time, we are pleased to add another accomplished professional to the coaching staff in Kevin, who brings a world-class pedigree as both a coach and as a player to the club."

Hitchcock, who owns a UEFA 'A' Goalkeeper License and UEFA 'B' License, has spent the last 18 years as a first-team goalkeeper coach with several top-flight clubs. His experience includes stints with Watford FC (2001-04), Blackburn Rovers FC (2004-08), Manchester City FC (2008-10), Fulham FC (2011), Queens Park Rangers (2012-15), Al Arabi Sports Club (2015-16), and Birmingham City FC (2016-18). Most recently, Hitchcock spent one year as the goalkeepers coach for Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC.

During his time with Blackburn Rovers FC, Hitchcock served as Revolution Head Coach Brad Friedel's goalkeeper coach. In addition to his work with Friedel, Hitchcock has coached and developed a number of elite professional goalkeepers, including Joe Hart, Kasper Schmeichel, Shay Given, Robert Green, Júlio César, and Mark Schwarzer, among others.

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Hitchcock registered nearly 300 appearances across an 18-year playing career in England, highlighted by two FA Cups, one League Cup, one Cup Winners Cup, and one Super Cup with Chelsea FC. In total, he recorded 96 appearances for The Blues from 1988-2001, also completing loan assignments to West Ham United FC (1993) and Northampton Town FC (1990) during his time with the club. Prior to joining Chelsea, Hitchcock began his professional career with Mansfield Town FC, where he made 168 appearances from 1984-88. At the youth level, he played with both Nottingham Forest FC and Barking F.C.