USL Championship side Hartford Athletic hires Tab Ramos as head coach

Tab Ramos is back on the sidelines with the National Soccer Hall of Famer set for his first spell as a head coach in the USL.

Ramos was hired as the new head coach of USL Championship club Hartford Athletic, the club announced. The 55-year-old most recently served as head coach of the Houston Dynamo from 2020-21, posting a 10-26-21 record with the MLS side.

He will officially begin his role with Hartford on September 1.

“Tab Ramos is a giant in American soccer and among the most highly regarded coaches in the country. We are thrilled to have him as our head coach,” said Hartford Athletic chairman Bruce Mandell.

“Our goal is to bring championships to Hartford, and there is no coach better suited to get us there than Tab Ramos. He raises the bar for our technical staff and soccer operations and will provide critical direction to our expanding youth academy program.”

Ramos has spent most of his coaching career within U.S. Soccer, managing the U.S. Under-20 men’s national team from 2011-19. Ramos led the USMNT U-20’s to four FIFA U-20 World Cups (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019), reaching the quarterfinals in the last three editions. He also led the USMNT U-20’s to back-to-back successes at the Concacaf U-20 Championship in 2017 and 2018.

As a player, Ramos earned 81 caps with the USMNT, featuring in three FIFA World Cups. Ramos spent seven seasons with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars at club level, while also featuring in Spain with Real Betis and Figueres.

Hartford Athletic sits 11th in the 14-team Eastern Conference with 20 points earned through 25 matches.