Former Phoenix academy head lands coaching role with United States club

Second-tier United States club Loudoun United is the new football home of former Wellington Phoenix technical director Steve Coleman.

Coleman (37) has been appointed first assistant coach at the Virginian club that plays in the United Soccer League (USL) Championship.

He left the Phoenix academy after being its technical director since June 2022, having joined the club in 2017.

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Main photo: Steve Coleman … a move to the United States.

Of Coleman’s appointment, Loudoun United said: “Known for his forward-thinking approach and innovative tactics, Coleman’s expertise in team building and culture development will be invaluable to LUFC.

“Previously, Coleman served as an assistant coach for the New Zealand national team, contributing to their qualification for the upcoming Olympic games in Paris, France.”

Coleman is the second New Zealander to arrive at Loudoun United for the new USL Championship season which began in March.

New Zealand U-23 striker Riley Bidois celebrates a goal against Fiji during the OFC Men’s Olympic qualifiers. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Tauranga-born striker Riley Bidois has signed a two-year contract with the club, with an option for the 2026 season.

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Bidois, who emerged as a talented youth player with Tauranga City, came to prominence in 2023 when he scored five goals for the national U-23 team in their 9-0 win against Fiji, securing a spot for New Zealand at the Paris Olympics.

In 2019, Bidois left the Bay of Plenty for Wellington where he played for Central League club Lower Hutt City, and then the Phoenix reserves.

He joined Loudoun United from Australia’s Dandenong City who play in Victoria Premier League 2.

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