Former Spirit coach MacWilliams hired by Philly expansion team

March 28, 1996|By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE

PHILADELPHIA -- Dave MacWilliams, who resigned as Baltimore Spirit coach on Jan. 29, was hired yesterday by the expansion Philadelphia Kixx.

MacWilliams signed a three-year contract to coach the Kixx, which will begin play next season in the National Professional Soccer League.

"This is like a dream come true," said MacWilliams, 38, who grew up in the Philadelphia area and played collegiately at Philadelphia Textile.

MacWilliams said he longed to become the franchise's first coach. "It definitely was a hope," he said.

Kixx owner Ed Tepper said he believes he has the best coach possible.

"Our audience is the Delaware Valley," he said. "Maybe it's a stroke of luck, but we found somebody who was both qualified and local."

A former member of the Baltimore Blast of the now-defunct Major Soccer League, MacWilliams replaced Kenny Cooper as Spirit coach in 1994.

MacWilliams went 37-30 over 1 1/2 seasons before resigning Jan. 29 in what he called a "mutual agreement."

"We kind of hit a wall," he said of his relationship with Spirit management. He left with the team 13-10 and headed for the playoffs, but said the strain "became too much."

Pub Date: 3/28/96

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