Paul Rogers was appointed as the new Houston Dynamo goalkeeper coach earlier today. Rogers replaces the recently appointed Phil Hughes who left the team "due to personal reasons", according to the Houston Dynamo. Rogers brings plenty of experience to the table having been with the United States Women's National Team as goalkeeper coach since 2009 and helped the team earn first place in the 2012 Olympic Games and runner up at the 2010 FIFA Women's World Cup and he served as the goalkeeper coach for the Canada Women's National Team in 2008.
Rogers does have big shoes to fill as fan favorite and former goalkeeper coach Tim Hanley decided to resign from the Dynamo in the off-season in order to join former Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear with the San Jose Earthquakes. Hanley helped build a great goalkeeper group solidifying the position by assisting Pat Onstad and developing Tally Hall and Tyler Deric into starting caliber goalkeepers.
Owen Coyle and Matt Jordan both hold Rogers in high regard noting his experience with the National Team programs and his expertise and knowledge of the position. Rogers will oversee the development of Deric and Michael Lisch along with recently acquired Joe Willis, who could compete for the starting job with Tyler Deric.
Overall, this was a great pickup. To us, nobody will ever be quite like Tim Hanley, but Coyle and Jordan were spot on with how Rogers's experiences at the highest level will benefit the team.