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Republic FC Parts Ways with Head Coach Elliott

By Staff, 11/05/19, 9:09PM EST


Former New Zealand international led side to Western Conference Semifinals this postseason

Sacramento Republic FC posted a 35-23-14 record in the Championship across the regular season and playoffs under Head Coach Simon Elliot, whose contract was not renewed following the 2019 season. | Photo courtesy Sacramento Republic FC

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced on Tuesday it would not extend the expiring contracts of Head Coach Simon Elliott and Assistant Head Coach Benjamin Ziemer. The club will immediately begin a search for a new Head Coach and additional technical staff as the team prepares for the 2020 USL season.

Republic FC was eliminated from the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs this past weekend as it fell 3-0 to El Paso Locomotive FC in the Western Conference Semifinals. Republic FC finished seventh in the Championship’s Western Conference in the regular season and earned two postseason victories that included an upset of No. 2 seed Reno 1868 FC in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Overall, Elliott posted a 35-23-14 record in the USL Championship with Republic FC and led the side to the Round of 16 in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. 

The club released a statement related to the technical staff changes:

“We want to thank Simon and Ben for their tireless work and support in the development of Republic FC. They have both represented the club well and we wish them the best moving forward in their careers.  With our 2019 season coming to a close, our focus is on preparing for next season, competing for the USL Cup, and continuing to build toward the bright future of this club.”

Elliott was promoted to Republic FC Head Coach to begin the 2018 season after serving as Republic FC’s Academy Head Coach for the U-15/16 and U-17 teams beginning in 2015. Ziemer was added to the technical staff in 2018 following his service as the Academy’s U-19 Head Coach and Elliott’s assistant to the U-17 team beginning in 2015. 

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