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Paul Buckle Departs from his Position as Technical Director and Head Coach of Sacramento Republic FC

By Republic FC , 02/01/18, 7:00AM PST

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Sacramento Republic FC announced today that Paul Buckle is moving on from his position as technical director and head coach of the club effective immediately. The decision is based on a mutual agreement between Buckle and the club.  

“On behalf of Republic FC, we are grateful for Paul’s contributions during his tenure at the club including successive playoff appearances and our 2016 Western Conference Regular Season title,” said Republic FC CEO and Chairman Kevin Nagle. “His vast experience in youth development has served as a cornerstone for our Academy, the benefits of which we are already witnessing, and the call up of several of our USL players to MLS clubs has also demonstrated his player development skills. We wish Paul and his family all the best.”   

Under Buckle, Republic FC compiled a USL record of 31-19-21. Significant signings under Buckle included goalkeeper Evan Newton, former West Ham United forward Carlton Cole, CESIFUT Academy standouts Carlos Rodriguez and Luis Espino and the club’s first signing of an Academy player to the USL squad in Roberto Hategan. Buckle was hired on July 12, 2015 following the departure of Preki, the club’s first head coach.

“I will forever be grateful to the club, and especially to Warren and Kevin, for the opportunity to coach our incredible players and to do so in front of our incredible fans,” said Paul Buckle.  “I have great pride in what we accomplished together and have full confidence that the club is in great hands with its new leadership who will continue to carry Sacramento Republic FC forward for this community.”

The club begins training camp on Feb. 1 and will host their first friendly of the 2018 season on Feb. 15 against MLS side Seattle Sounders FC followed by MLS newcomers Los Angeles Football Club on Feb. 25.

Key highlights during Buckle’s tenure at Republic FC:

  • Successive playoff appearances in all three seasons he coached
  • 2016 Western Conference Regular Season Champions
  • Secured his U.S. Soccer Pro License, becoming the first coach ever to hold both the U.S. Soccer Pro License and the UEFA Pro License
  • .437 winning percentage as Republic FC head coach
  • Coached standout seasons by multiple players that were later signed by MLS clubs including Mike da Fonte, Cameron Iwasa and Emrah Klimenta
  • Growth and advancement of the Academy program from three teams to six, over a dozen national call-ups and the signing of the first Academy player to a first team contract

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