Former Dallas Burn player returns to organization in coaching role
FRISCO - North Texas Soccer Club announced today that it has appointed Eric Quill as its first head coach as the club builds towards its inaugural season in USL League One. Quill, 40, played one season for the Dallas Burn during his nine-year playing career in Major League Soccer.
Quill will be available to speak to the media during FC Dallas’ 9 a.m. training session at Toyota Soccer Center on Friday, Jan. 25.
“I’m honored to be chosen by the Hunt ownership, Luchi Gonzalez and Chris Hayden to lead North Texas SC in its inaugural season and help kick-start such an important piece of this fantastic organization,” Quill said. “FC Dallas has been on the cutting edge of player development. NTSC is the next step in expediting the development of young talent to be successful at the first team level which is exciting to me.”
Quill holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “A” coaching license and was previously technical director of Texans Soccer Club Houston in charge of player development, coaching development and technical training curriculum. As academy director and U-18 head coach, Quill guided Texans SC to its first ever national title when it won the U.S. Development Academy U-18 Championship in 2017. He also has experience at the youth international level having been an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team at the U-15, U-17 and U-19 levels.
“I’m ready for this next step in my coaching career and I couldn’t pick a better organization to help me grow as a head coach and leader,” Quill said. ”To have the opportunity to play for the Hunt family and now coach for the organization is truly an honor.”
During his nine seasons as a player in MLS, Quill accumulated 12 goals and 31 assists in 143 games for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, Kansas City Wizards, NY/NJ MetroStars and the Dallas Burn. Prior to his professional career, he played one season for the Clemson Tigers before signing a Project-40 contract with MLS in 1997. Quill has a degree in health and psychology from the University of Houston where he was also an assistant coach for their women’s soccer team.