After starting the New England Revolution's recent revival, Mike Lapper will not remain on the team's coaching staff under new head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena.
Lapper was named interim head coach after former head coach Brad Friedel was fired following a 5-0 defeat to the Chicago Fire on May 8. The Revolution lost the last two games under Friedel by a combined 11-1 score.
Lapper immediately led New England to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes and then remained in the interim role after Arena was hired on May 14. Lapper then guided the team to a pair of draws against Montreal and D.C. from the bench.
Arena moved to the bench Sunday as the Revolution earned a 2-1 victory at the Los Angeles Galaxy, Arena's former team. New England is 4-8-4 this season (16 points) and is in 11th place in the 12-team Eastern Conference.
The Revolution announced Wednesday that Lapper has now left the team, and that Jarryd Phillips joined the club from Minnesota United and will act as director of sports performance.
"I would ... like to extend my gratitude to Mike Lapper for his contributions to the club," Arena said, according to MLSsoccer.com. "Mike's leadership, tact, and class during a transition period for the club were remarkable. We which him nothing but the best moving forward."
Lapper joined the Revolution in 2017 as an assistant coach after spending the previous 15 seasons as an assistant with the Columbus Crew, where he was a defender from 1997-2002.