The Philadelphia Union continued their coaching shake-up on Wednesday, announcing that assistant coach and technical director Rob Vartughian has been relieved of his duties one day after head coach John Hackworth was fired.
A former player for the indoor Philadelphia Kixx with significant experience as a goalkeeping coach with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, Vartughian joined the Philadelphia staff as goalkeeping coordinator in for the team's first season in 2010 under then-head coach Peter Nowak and added technical director duties in 2012 when Hackworth took over.
“We thank Rob for all of his contributions over the past five years with this club and wish him nothing but the best,” Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said in a statement.
Interim head coach Jim Curtin and assistant coaches Chris Albright and Mike Sorber remain on the Union staff. Philadelphia's first game under its new coaching staff will be Tuesday, June 17, against the Harrisburg City Islanders in the fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.