By USLSoccer.com Staff
Friday, December 18, 2015
CHESTER, Pa. – Bethlehem Steel FC announced Friday it has added Jeff Cook and Stephen Hogan as assistant coaches for the inaugural 2016 season. Alongside Head Coach Brendan Burke, Cook and Hogan will join Steel FC for its first season in the USL.
In addition to his duties at Bethlehem, Hogan has been named the head coach of the Union’s PDL affiliate, Reading United.
“I’m really excited to bring Jeff and Stephen in to round out our technical staff,” Burke said. “They’ve both had tremendous success at various youth development levels and I’m extremely confident in their abilities to help our club succeed immediately.”
Cook joins Bethlehem Steel FC from the Philadelphia Union academy, where he has served as the U-16s coach since the beginning of the 2013-14 developmental season. Under his leadership, the U-16s reached finished their best season in 2014-15, where the club finished 21-3-2 and the No. 2 national seed in the USSDA playoffs. The team then went on to the national semifinals in Carson, Calif., where they finished third. Prior to joining the academy, Cook served as the head coach of Dartmouth College, where he had an illustrious 12-year career. While at Dartmouth, Cook led the program to five conference titles and seven NCAA tournament appearances, including a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. In addition to his duties at Bethlehem, Cook will remain on staff with the Union academy.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the coaching staff of Bethlehem Steel FC,” Cook said. “I’d like to thank the Union ownership for their commitment to this project, which I believe is a very significant step forward in the growth of our club. Bethlehem Steel is an iconic name in the history of U.S. Soccer and I am proud to be involved with our new USL team.”
Hogan, who will also serve as the head coach of Reading United, joins Steel FC after serving as the head coach of The College of Saint Rose’s men’s soccer program. While on the staff of the Albany, N.Y.-based college, Hogan established the Golden Knights training program, was active in recruiting players and monitored the academic progress of his student athletes. Hogan is a Dublin, Ireland native and also played under Burke during their time at Reading. Hogan is tied for the second most appearances in club history, donning a Reading jersey for 52 matches from 2007 through 2010. During Hogan’s time with the club, Reading won the 2009 PDL Regular Season Championship and reached the PDL National Semifinals in 2008 and 2010.
Bethlehem Steel FC was officially announced on Oct. 27. It will serve as the Philadelphia Union affiliate in the USL and will play its home games at Goodman Stadium on the campus of Lehigh University. The Steel will officially join USL for the 2016 season, alongside fellow expansion teams FC Cincinnati, Orlando City B, Rio Grande Valley FC Toros and Swope Park Rangers. Former Union assistant coach Burke was named head coach on Oct. 28 and will lead Bethlehem Steel FC in its first season.