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SANDY, Utah – After joining the club just after Thanksgiving in 2016, former Wilmington Hammerheads player and coach Mark Briggs was appointed on Thursday as the new Head Coach of Real Monarchs SLC.

Mark Briggs takes over as Head Coach of Real Salt Lakes USL club. Photo courtesy- United Soccer League.
Mark Briggs takes over as Head Coach of Real Salt Lakes USL club. Photo courtesy- United Soccer League.United

Briggs replaces Mike Petke, who was promoted from Monarchs head coach to assume the same position for Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. The duo has worked together throughout the preseason, winning 2-1 on Saturday at Portland in the club’s United Soccer League (USL) 2017 opener.

“I am thankful for this opportunity to lead such a critical piece of the Real Salt Lake pyramid,” said Briggs, 35, a former midfielder who played in the English Premier League (West Bromwich Albion, 1998-2003). “The aspiration, vision and culture of this organization is unparalleled, and I can’t wait for our home debut on Saturday

Briggs arrived at the Utah club last November and his Monarchs staff includes another name familiar to Wilmington soccer fans in Matt Glaeser. Glaeser served as an assistant under Briggs at Wilmington before joining the Monarchs four months ago.

“Our 2017 Monarchs plans have been two-fold for the last several months,” Briggs said. “While the end goal is to develop MLS-caliber players, an important part of development is winning. Finding success on the field goes hand-in-hand with our philosophy of winning in the USL, while simultaneously teaching young players how to become more-polished professionals.”

Briggs, a Wolverhampton, England native, boasts previous head coaching experience, guiding the now-defunct USL Wilmington Hammerheads – whom he led to a USL title in 2009 as a player, served as a player-coach in 2012-14 before becoming Head Coach in the 2015/16 seasons.

Last June, the Briggs-led Hammerheads pushed Real Salt Lake of MLS to the limit in the Third Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, catching the attention of executives for the Real Salt Lake organization.