WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross has named Karl Spratt as an assistant men's soccer coach, as announced by head coach Ted Priestly and Athletic Director Richard M. Regan, Jr. Spratt will work as the goalkeepers coach for both the men's and the women's soccer programs.
Spratt joins the Crusaders' soccer staff after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with Priestly's former team, UMass-Lowell. Spratt has also worked as the goalkeepers coach for the New England Revolution's Youth Development Program since 2009. In Spratt's first season with the organization, both the under-16s and under-18s successfully advanced to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's playoffs for the first time ever.
"We are thrilled to have Karl join our staff at Holy Cross," said Priestly. "From his enthusiastic approach to teaching and coaching goalkeepers to his infectious passion for the game, he has been such a positive addition to our staff and the quality of our goalkeeping is a testament to that."
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 head goalkeepers coach with various universities in the northeast of England. A native of Newcastle, England, Spratt spent time as a player with Manchester United's youth academy, while he was also part of an England National Team developmental squad at the Under-18 level. In addition to his work with the Revolution, Spratt is a full-time instructor with Challenger Sports.
A graduate of the University of Sunderland, Spratt holds a bachelor's degree in sport and exercise development and his FA goalkeeping licenses. He has also earned the NSCAA's national goalkeeping diploma.