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Rhode Island Reds hire Fall River’s Resendes as new manager

Johnston, R.I.-based NPSL side Rhode Island Reds have named Fall River native Ruben Resendes as the club’s new manager.

The Reds announced the move on its website, as well as Twitter and Instagram.

“Our core values and principles align very well,” Resendes said in a club statement. “We share the same passion for helping aspiring players and giving back to the local soccer community. The goal for 2020 will be to assemble and develop a strong roster that will compete to win the league and push on to the playoffs.”

Resendes has coached throughout New England, with time spent in the Revolution Academy as well as with Franklin Pierce University, the University of Vermont, and Dean College, in a variety of coaching capacities.

During his short time in Rindge, N.H. with the Ravens of Franklin Pierce, Resendes went 15-4-2 with an appearance in the NCAA Division 2 Tournament. At Franklin, Mass.’s Dean, Resendes led the Bulldogs through a transitional period which saw an end to their time in the junior college ranks and the beginning of their time as a Division 3 school.

Resendes was 33-3-0 as a coach at Dean.

In addition, he was an assistant coach at Southern New Hampshire in Manchester, where he played intercollegiately in the NE-10.

He played professionally in Iceland’s top flight.

“We have worked especially hard this past month to find the very best person to lead our Soccer program into its next era,” Reds owner Kabba Joof said. “Ruben is that person who will advance our program competitively while developing our soccer student-athletes holistically and supporting their sustained excellence.

“His track record coaching at the Revolution Academy, Dean College, Franklin Pierce, and playing experience, illustrate that model of competitiveness; and the many professional development opportunities he has pursued undergird his drive to continually learn. We are extremely excited about the future of the Rhode Island Reds soccer program under Ruben’s leadership.”

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