Charlie Davies and Lee Nguyen have been named assistant coaches for the Boston College men’s soccer team. Head coach Ed Kelly added the two New England Revolution players to his staff, giving the bench a bit of star power.
“I think it’s really important for us to see the other side of things and how you can influence other kids,” Davies said. “Especially me, coming back to Boston College and giving back, but also to learn the experience of coaching.”
Both will attend practice two to three times per week and games when they are available. Having already worked with the squad, the two have been able to pass tips along to players.
“They’re like sponges. They absorb everything,” said Nguyen, who worked with the team’s freshman midfield anchor, Henry Balf, on his positioning and how to work passing angles.
“He’s starting to get more aware of where he is on the field and where to pick up the ball in good pockets,” Nguyen said.
Balf has been solid in the first couple of games, as he’s been able to break up play in midfield and help the Eagles work the ball out of the back.
As a former BC forward, Davies spoke to BC’s Isaac Normesinu and Phil Sandgren about their off-the-ball movement.
“I’ve worked with Ike [Isaac] as far as his runs and he’s been making fantastic runs and I think they just need to find him a little bit more,” Davies said. “He’s got to know when to check and when to go. I think he doesn’t have the balance quite right yet.”
The sophomore forward has a lot of speed, which gives him the ability to rush behind defensive lines.
“He’s able to give me good advice on how to run off the ball and how to create space for teammates as well,” said Normesinu.
Davies and Nguyen plan on pursuing their United States Soccer Federation National B licenses in December at the conclusion of the Major League Soccer season. The course focuses on coaching advanced high school and college players.
As a player under Kelly at BC, Davies holds the school’s single-season record for goals, with 15, which he set in 2006. He represented the United States’ national team at the Confederations Cup in 2009 and partnered with Jozy Altidore, before suffering severe injuries in a car accident before a World Cup qualifier in October of that year. After struggling at Randers FC, Davies was loaned to New England, before signing a permanent deal to keep him at home. Davies has started six games this season, scoring twice, and adding two assists.
Nguyen has scored 10 goals for the Revolution in 2014 to add to his three assists. He has been a staple of the New England attack since 2012. Nguyen leads the team in goals and is in a five-way tie for eighth on the league’s goal-scoring charts in the company of Obafemi Martins and Chris Wondolowski.