Antigua Barracuda FC News Release – www.antiguabarracudafc.com
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Antigua Barracuda FC is pleased to announce the appointment of Adrian Whitbread as the club’s new head coach. Whitbread will be in place for the club’s upcoming games this weekend as it visits the Richmond Kickers and Harrisburg City Islanders.
“I am very pleased to take over the Barracudas for the remainder of the season,” Whitbread said. “I see great potential in the players that I have trained with over the past two days, and I am excited to get the team back on a winning track quickly."
A native of Epping, England, Whitbread brings extensive coaching experience within Carribean soccer to the Barracudas. After beginning his coaching career in England as an assistant coach for clubs including Leicester City, Whitbread was hired as an assistant coach to Colin Clarke for the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2008. Upon Clarke’s departure, Whitbread became the Islanders’ head coach in 2012, leading the side to a third-place finish in the league.
Whitbread also led the Islanders past his new club in the CFU Club Championship last year, earning a spot in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. Puerto Rico finished second in its group as it took victory against El Salvador’s Isidro Metapan and earned a draw against eventual group winner the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
As a player, Whitbread made more than 100 appearances for both Portsmouth and Leyton Orient before a knee injury brought his career to an end in 2003. The Barracudas are delighted to welcome him as he brings his experience and organizational skill to lead the club to future success.