Revs hire Heaps as new coach

Three weeks after the New England Revolution and longtime coach Steve Nicol parted ways, the team hired a familiar face as his replacement.

Former Revolution defender Jay Heaps, who retired two years ago as the club's all-time leader with 243 games (2001 to 2009), was named as Nicol's successor Tuesday.

Nicol left Oct. 24 after 10 years as coach in what the team described as a mutual decision.

"I am thrilled to accept this position," Heaps said in a news release. "Throughout my playing career and with my involvement with the team after I retired, I've made no secret about my commitment to the Revolution, and I'm honored to be entrusted with this responsibility as head coach."

Heaps, 35, becomes the second-youngest coach in Major League Soccer; only D.C. United's Ben Olsen, at age 34, is younger than the Longmeadow, Mass., native.

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