MLS Insider, presented by adidas: "Jay and K"
Oftentimes in the world of sports, the best players don't make for the greatest coaches. When they become managers, former stars might find it hard to relate to a struggling player, or -- having gotten through their playing career on talent alone -- have difficulties with tactics.
New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps has been on both sides of the coin. At Duke University, he was a clear go-to guy for the soccer team and was named college player of the year his senior season. He, of course, went on to have a successful career in MLS as a player, spending 11 years in the league, nine of them with New England.
But how many high-level college soccer players play a second sport in college? And how many on a team as vaunted as Duke's basketball program, coached by the legendary Mike Krzyzewski?
Heaps was pretty unique in that regard, walking on the basketball team to play for Coach K. He didn't play much for the Blue Devils basketball program, seeing just 69 minutes in four years in Durham. But his time on the bench was put to good use, with Heaps picking up a different perspective under one of the best coaches in the country.
The latest edition of MLS Insider explains the role of Coach K in Heaps' own coaching development, with the pair reuniting to discuss their old days at Duke and the role Krzyzewski played in helping Heaps land the Revolution coaching job.
WATCH the previous episodes from the 2015 MLS Insider series below:
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