Adrian Heath is widely considered one of the best managers plying his trade in the United States. At Orlando, he has fashioned an attractive, free scoring team which has dominated minor league soccer for the past four years, with three Regular Season titles and two Championships, and a handful of giant killing performances against Major League teams in the US Open Cup.
Such success attracted the attention of several MLS clubs but in 2013 Heath rebuffed the advances of bigger clubs and committing himself to the team he has helped to build. During his playing days, Heath was known for always giving 100%, and that’s something he demands from his own players. “Supporters want to see you play like they think they would play if they had the opportunity” said Heath. “There’s no excuse for not leaving every last bit of energy on the field”
Heath's playing career started with Stoke City in 1979, where he played three seasons. He appeared in 95 games, scoring 16 goals. He joined Everton in 1982, where he became the club’s top scorer in his first full season. He continued to flourish in Everton’s system, scoring in double figures in every season until 1988.
After leaving Everton, Heath spent the rest of his career on various clubs around Europe. He played for Espanyol in Spain for just a year in 1989. Heath then returned to England and joined Manchester City in 1990, where he enjoyed a successful three years with the club. He appeared in 75 games with City and scored four goals. Heath played for Stoke City again for a brief stint in 1992 before joining Burnley in the later part of the year.
During his three seasons at Burnley, he appeared in 115 games and scored 29 goals. After leaving Burnley for Sheffield United in 1996, he came back to the Clarets in 1997, where he played his final season.
Heath oversees not just the first team at Orlando City, but is responsible for the style and philosophy of play all the way down the Orlando City development pyramid.
Watson brings a wealth of MLS experience to Orlando City. During five years at San Jose, Watson helped guide the team to a playoff berth in 2010 and the club’s second Supporters’ Shield in 2012. He was named interim head coach in June 2013 and closed the season with the best record in MLS at 11-5-3.
In addition to his MLS experience, Watson previously served as assistant coach with the Canadian Men’s National U-20 and senior teams, as well as several years as an assistant with the USL PRO Charleston Battery.
Assistant Coach and Technical Coordinator for MLS Academy
Murphy, who has earned a reputation as a well-known and respected soccer instructor, joins Orlando City after a lengthy career as the Director of the Soccer Academy at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (2003-2016) – one of only four residential soccer academies in the country.
Prior to his tenure with St. Stephen’s, Bobby served as the Director of Coaching for the South Texas Youth Soccer Association.
With a strong track record in youth player development, Murphy obtains his USSF ‘A” and “National Youth” License, along with a Bachelor of Science in English from New Hampshire College and a Masters of Education from Plymouth State College.
Additionally, Murphy is a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation National Staff, a U.S. Youth Soccer National Instructor and a South Region (III) Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff coach, providing a plethora of experience within the Lions’ technical staff.
Kerr, who holds a UEFA PRO Goalkeeping License, brings a wealth of experience to the Lions’ technical staff, leading into the Club’s second MLS campaign. During his coaching career, Kerr has worked with talented goalkeepers such as John Ruddy and Julio Cesar.
After kick-starting his coaching career at Airdrie FC, where he enjoyed success working with Kenny Black and winning a Scottish Challenge Cup with the club, Kerr moved on to Scottish Premier League team Motherwell FC.
In his first season with the club, his excellent work with John Ruddy led to the goalkeeper being sold to English Championship side Norwich City for £750,000, where he helped the team ascend to the English Premier League and receive his first full caps with the England National Team.
Following Motherwell’s appearance in the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic FC in 2011, Kerr joined MLS side Toronto FC. During his time with the Canadian side, Kerr was responsible for recruiting and developing Canadian international Quillan Roberts and starter Joe Bendik.
Additionally, in 2014, Kerr prepared Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
As a player, the Scotsman began his career at 18 years old with 46-time Scottish League Champions Celtic FC. In two seasons with Celtic, Kerr made 75 appearances for the Scottish giant, resulting in a call-up to the Scotland U-21 Men’s National Team. Kerr made 12 appearances for his native country at the U-21 level.