Atlanta United promotes Matt Lawrey to academy director

Atlanta United’s final tryouts took place at LakePoint park in Emerson, Ga. over two days.

Most of the teams will report in August to begin training for games in September

There are approximately 20 boys on each of the five teams, though some of the age groups will have 

The age groups for Atlanta United’s academy are under 12 years old, under 13, under 14, under 16 and under 18.

Atlanta United academy director Richard Money will coach the U-18s. Academy manager Tony Annan will coach the U-16s.

Atlanta United Academy tryout. (Photo by Kyle Hess)
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Atlanta United’s final tryouts took place at LakePoint park in Emerson, Ga. over two days. Most of the teams will report in August to begin training for games in September There are approximately 20 boys on each of the five teams, though some of the age groups will have The age groups for Atlanta United’s academy are under 12 years old, under 13, under 14, under 16 and under 18. Atlanta United academy director Richard Money will coach the U-18s. Academy manager Tony Annan will coach the U-16s. Atlanta United Academy tryout. (Photo by Kyle Hess)

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Atlanta United filled a second key role this week with the promotion of Matt Lawrey to academy director Friday. Lawrey was the academy manager and the Under-19 coach. He will take over from Tony Annan, who resigned to take over the South Carolina men’s program.

Lawrey’s promotion follows that of Stephen Collison, who was promoted to manage Atlanta United 2 on Thursday.

Lawrey joined Atlanta United in 2016 after a standout career coaching youth players in Virginia. Lawrey started as Atlanta United U12 coach before moving to U15 and then U19.

“Matt has played an integral role in our academy’s success over the last five years and has a thorough understanding of our program and its direction,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement from the club. “He has more than 10 years of managerial experience in youth soccer and has emerged as a real leader in our academy structure. We’re confident in his ability to make a seamless transition to this role.”

Lawrey played at Mary Washington University, where he later became an assistant coach for the men’s team.

Lawrey will continue to coach Atlanta United’s U19 team through its season in MLS NEXT. Zach Herold will manage the U17s, as well as the U16s that he was managing, in place of Collison. Former Atlanta United player Kevin Kratz is going to assist Omar Jarun with the U13s.

Atlanta United’s academy staff

Academy director Matt Lawrey

Atlanta United 2 coach Jack Collison

U-19 coach Matt Lawrey

U-17 coach Zach Herold

U-16 coach Zach Herold

U-15 coach Steve Covino

U-14 coach Nathan Smith

U-13 coach Omar Juran/Kevin Kratz

U-12 coach Kellington Boddie

Goalkeeping coach Lewis Sharpe