Frank Yallop when he was with the San Jose Earthquakes. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
PHOENIX – Frank Yallop is out as Phoenix Rising FC coach and president of soccer operations.
Yallop resigned Monday, saying he will rejoin his family in northern California.
He will continue with the United Soccer League club as a consulting member as the team begins its search for a new coach.
Assistant coach Rich Schantz was named interim coach.
The team is vying to join Major League Soccer.
Yallop has directed three MLS teams, including the San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire.
“Helping set the stage for success at Phoenix Rising FC has been among the most enjoyable accomplishments in my career,” Yallop said in a statement. “The timing is perfect here for me to step aside and move back home with my family. I want to thank our talented players for believing in our vision, and our extremely dedicated ownership group. I believe there is no other club better positioned for expansion to MLS.”
The 53-year-old Yallop commuted to Phoenix the past 18 months to assist Phoenix Rising FC with development of its soccer operations and MLS expansion franchise bid.
“Frank is a wonderful human being and extremely experienced head coach,” Phoenix Rising FC Governor Berke Bakay said in a statement. “We are incredibly grateful for his leadership during the vital initial development of our soccer organization and his ongoing commitment to help us find an experienced head coach capable of successfully competing moving forward. We are saddened to see Frank leave our organization, but respect his decision to reunite with his family.”
Phoenix Rising FC (2-2) is in ninth place in the 15-team Western Conference. With new signing Didier Drogba in the stands, the team rolled to a 4-0 lead over the Swope Park Rangers this past weekend, before holding on for a 4-3 win.