Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach Mark Briggs has signed a new contract after leading the side to the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2022 USL Championship Playoffs. | Photo courtesy Sacramento Republic FC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced on Monday it had agreed a new multi-year contract with Head Coach Mark Briggs that will bring the club’s most tenured coach back for his fourth season in Sacramento. The terms of the contract will not be disclosed, per club policy. The Wolverhampton, England native became Republic FC’s fourth Head Coach ahead of the 2020 season.
“Coach Briggs has been a phenomenal leader for our club, both on the field and in the locker room,” said Republic FC Chairman and CEO Kevin Nagle. “So much of the success we’ve seen this year is a direct result of Mark’s hard work and commitment to the organization and our community, and we’re looking forward to having him back for another season.”
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be staying in Sacramento. I love this city, this club, these fans. All aspects are unmatched,” said Briggs. “Though I’m happy with the progress that has been made from a coaching perspective, I feel as though we have a lot of unfinished business. My work here is definitely not done - it’s just truly starting.”
“Mark is a top class manager and has proven himself to be in the elite of our league,” said Republic FC President and General Manager Todd Dunivant. “He exemplifies our club values of Indomitable, Winning Mentality, and Unified Community and we are delighted he’ll be leading our team for years to come.”
Republic FC’s 2022 season marked Briggs’ third season as the club’s head coach, and the first time the league or U.S. Open Cup schedule was not impacted due to the pandemic in that span. Across three competitions this year, Briggs posted a 22-win campaign with a squad that played 43 matches – trailing only New York City FC in professional domestic competitions, and most of all USL Championship clubs. He was named the Championship’s Coach of the Month in June with 70% of the vote from the USL Championship National Media Panel and Technical Committee following a 5-0-0 month that include a victory in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against the LA Galaxy in at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Overall, Briggs boasts a career 84-53-45 record across all competitions, a mark that has seen his teams earn a result at the end of 71% of matches. In U.S. Open Cup play, Briggs’ advance percentage is among the top five coaches in modern era history, including former Major League Soccer and U.S. Open Cup-winning coaches Peter Vermes and Sigi Schmid.
With 92 matches at the helm, Briggs is the longest-tenured Republic FC coach, and his 38 victories rank second among managers in club history. He also holds the best home record for Republic FC coaches with 26 wins – including an 11-match undefeated streak at Heart Health Park to open the 2022 season.
During his time as Head Coach, the club has reached new milestones, including this past season advancing to the U.S. Open Cup Final – the first lower division club to do so since 2008 – by defeating three MLS teams, and a record number of minutes and appearances by academy developed players, including nearly 5,000 First-Team minutes logged by homegrown products during the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
Briggs first joined Republic FC in 2019 as its academy director and was later promoted to serve as the First Team’s head coach ahead of the 2020 season. Prior to coming to Sacramento, he served as Real Monarchs SLC’s head coach, where he was named 2017 USL Coach of the Year after guiding the team to the USL Championship regular season title. Born in Wolverhampton, England, Briggs signed his first professional contract at age 17 as a product of the West Bromwich Albion youth system. In 1999, he captained the Baggies youth squad to a cup victory at Wembley Stadium and earned the club’s honor as Youth Team Player of the Year.