Harry Watling resigns as Hartford Athletic manager, former UConn manager Ray Reid takes over as interim manager – Hartford Courant
Hartford Athletic are looking for a new coaching staff after Harry Watling resigned on Saturday night.
Ray Reid, a longtime men’s soccer coach at UConn and Southern Connecticut, will serve as interim Athletic coach until a new one is hired. Reid joined the United Soccer League franchise on May 13 as Technical Director.
Watling leaves and returns to England to take care of family matters. Assistant coach Jack Davis also quit.
“Coach Watling is a smart young coach with a bright future ahead of him,” Reid said. “We are very disappointed that he is leaving the club, but understand that he has to do what is best for him and his family. The search for a new head coach is ongoing. We will not leave anything behind. at random as we search for the best candidate to bring our club back to the playoffs.
The Athletic, which next plays Hartford at Trinity Health Stadium against Colorado Springs on Tuesday, is 3-3-9 in the league, 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a minus-8 goal differential. The franchise is 34-48-15 in its history, making the playoffs in 2020.
Watling, 32, was 15-23-8 in his season and a half at the helm.
“I want to thank [owner] Bruce Mandell and the entire ownership group for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of Hartford Athletic,” Watling said. “I would also like to thank my players for giving me everything they had day after day during these two seasons. Thank you to the fans for making Hartford feel like home from the start and for creating one of the best environments I have ever seen in my time in football. It’s a very difficult decision for me to leave the club, but I have to go back to England to be with my family. Hartford will always hold a special place in my heart and I wish the entire organization well for the rest of the season and beyond.
Reid, 62, won two NCAA Division II championships at SCSU, his alma mater, and a Division I title at UConn in 2000. He retired last year with a record of 394-97-61. Reid will interview candidates between games and practices and hopes to have a new coach in place within weeks.
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