The New York Red Bulls have named Sean McCafferty Director of Red Bulls Academy. He joins the Red Bulls organization from FC Barcelona’s Barca Residency Academy in Casa Grande, Ariz., where he served as Academy Director since December of 2016.
McCafferty will oversee all technical aspects of Red Bulls Academy, with a focus on player development and coaching among the Red Bulls five cost-free academy programs from U-12 to U-18, as well as the Red Bulls U-23 team that competes in USL League Two during the summer months.
He will also work closely with the Red Bulls First Team staff to ensure that the same philosophy, playing style and training principles are taught throughout all levels of the academy, team officials said.
New positions within Red Bulls Academy have been created to support off-field operations, business and player welfare.
“We took our time with this search and vetted a lot of candidates,” said Denis Hamlet, sporting director with the Red Bulls. “Having spent a lot of time with Sean, we are confident that he has the experience and know-how to lead our academy. I expect him to set a high standard and help our coaches and players continue their development and achieve their full potential.”
A native of Derry, Ireland, McCafferty was tapped to lead the Barca’s residential academy in the U.S. before it opened in 2017. The Barca Academy holds U.S. Soccer Development Academy status and competed alongside Red Bulls Academy in the highest division of USSDA.
McCafferty also coached the Barca U-17 and U-19 Residency Academy teams in Casa Grande. McCafferty coached both Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy) and Matthew Hoppe (Shalke) during their time with the Barca Residency Program.
Prior to joining the Barca Residency Program, McCafferty spent four years as the Technical & Academy Director for Continental FC Delco in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. McCafferty’s experience as a youth academy director dates back to 2001.
As a player, McCafferty got his start with England’s Peterborough United in the early 1990s and also played professionally for Finn Harps FC and Limavady United.
“The work that has been done at the Academy level up to this point has been fantastic, especially given the number of players that have gone on to play meaningful minutes for our First Team as well as represent their respective countries at the International level,” he said. “It is my goal, along with the hard-working and talented staff, to improve on the success we have had and create a learning environment that is second to none.
The Fall 2019 USSDA Academy season kicks off in early September. McCafferty will accompany the Red Bulls U-15 team that will travel to the 2019 Next Generation Trophy tournament in Salzburg this August.