Three weeks after stepping down as head coach of the Western New York Flash, Aaran Lines has been named the club’s vice president.
Lines stepped down from his head coaching role after being the club’s only coach in its seven-year history which spanned four leagues and included three straight championships — in three different leagues — from 2010-2012. He was also the club’s general manager from 2009-2015.
The Flash hit tough times of late, missing the playoffs the past two seasons. The Flash no longer have a single player on their roster who was on it before the start of the 2014 season.
Lines told The Equalizer last month that he was stepping down on his own terms.
“We were enormously successful there for a period,” Lines said of the club’s championship days. “It’s very difficult to sustain that. Impossible to sustain that. In saying that, we’re very aware. We’d like continuity. We are dealing with the realities of being a small-market NWSL team.”
The search for a head coach is ongoing. The 2016 NWSL College Draft is on Friday.
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