Wilmington Hammerheads FC announced today that Mark Briggs has been appointed head coach for the upcoming 2016 USL regular season. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
“I am very honored and excited to be named head coach of Wilmington Hammerheads FC,” said Briggs. “My goal is to continue the tradition of excellence in this community. Wilmington has become home and I am blessed and honored to lead this team.”
Prior to his new role with the Hammerheads, Briggs was the club’s assistant coach during the 2015 USL regular season alongside former head coach Carson Porter. Porter stepped down from the role in September following the end of the season.
Briggs will begin full-time with the club on November 1, 2015. The early appointment will allow the former Hammerheads player ample time to begin planning and preparation for the upcoming season in regard to player recruitment and scouting.
“My goal is to bring success to this community and put together a team that we all want to support and be proud of,” said Briggs.
He also provided a recent role with Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC. The former technical director of the youth club will continue to maintain a strong presence there and will work alongside the youth club staff and coaches to ensure a strong connectivity between the professional and youth levels.
“We are very excited to add Mark Briggs as the new Head Coach for Wilmington Hammerheads FC,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC General Manager Jason Arnold. “Mark brings great playing experience both abroad and in the USL and his knowledge of the game and our league will support his coaching ability. This is a win for our club and for our community. Mark is very well-known and liked in Wilmington and his appointment will help us continue to push our culture of One Club. One City. One Community.”
A former Hammerheads player since 2009, Briggs’ professional playing career extends back to 1998. He has had previous stints with West Bromwich Albion, Herfølge BK, Notts County FC, Shrewsbury Town FC and Mosta FC of the Maltese Premier Division, to name a few.