RIFC Adds Karl Spratt to Coaching Staff
“I am honored to be joining Rhode Island FC."
Rhode Island FC is making significant additions as we approach the start of the 2024 USL Championship season, as head coach Khano Smith recently announced the addition of Karl Spratt to their technical staff.
Spratt will be an assistant coach and director of goalkeeping. He joins the existing coaching team, which includes Smith, assistant coach Dave McKay, assistant general manager Sean Carey, and head of team administration Jason Gove.
Before joining Rhode Island FC, Spratt held the position of assistant coach for Philadelphia Union II and served as the head of goalkeeping for the Philadelphia Union Academy. Spratt was responsible for planning, strategy, and overseeing the development of goalkeepers within Union II and the Academy. He also spent eight seasons as an assistant coach for Providence College Men's Soccer and contributed to New England Revolution's Youth Teams, initially as the youth teams goalkeeper coach and later as the director of goalkeeping.
Spratt also holds the United States Soccer Federation A License. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Development, earned at the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom.
Smith expressed his excitement about Spratt's arrival.
“Karl’s expertise and dedication to Player Development will play a key role in creating an environment where our goalkeepers and the complete roster feel supported and driven to challenge themselves on and off the field,” the head coach said. “For a significant portion of his career, Karl has dedicated himself to improving soccer in Rhode Island, and I am grateful to have him be a part of creating a team for all Rhode Island. From youth teams to college teams to professional clubs, Karl has proven time and time again that he is a coach ready and willing to support his players as they continue to develop, improve, and grow in confidence.”
“I am honored to be joining Rhode Island FC,” Spratt stated. “The Ocean State is a special place and I am incredibly excited to help bring the sport I love at the professional level to a state my family and I have called home for many years. I am ready to put in the hard work to help build a team that all Rhode Island can be proud of.”
As Rhode Island FC gears up for the 2024 USL Championship season, Spratt's passion for the sport and his commitment to the Ocean State promises an exciting journey ahead, one that aims to make all of Rhode Island proud.