TAMPA, Fla. – Greenville Triumph SC head coach John Harkes has been named USL League One coach of the month for October, it was announced Monday.

Harkes’ side put together a remarkable run of five consecutive shutouts in the final month of the regular season, winning four games out of five to jump into second place in the final League One standings to earn a bye to the semifinals of the USL League One Playoffs.

The defending League One title champions, Greenville broke out of a midseason downturn that left it in the middle of the pack chasing a playoff spot at the start of September but found another gear defensively over the final weeks of the regular season to stifle opposing attacks. Triumph SC opened the month with a dramatic late 1-0 win over Fort Lauderdale CF to start a streak of five consecutive shutouts to close the regular season.

For Harkes, the turnaround came via a refocus internally on the team’s processes as it tried to work around numerous injuries that caused setbacks in the squad across the course of the campaign.

“What we tried to do differently was to reflect on what is good, and what can improve,” he said. “Finding solutions through the adversity was the key. We had 16 out 20 fields players out injured at one time or another this season. Lachlan McLean missed three months, and Noah Pilato missed almost the whole season, so we were dealing with a different lineup and formation from one week to the next.

“Our style of play had to be studied and discussed weekly through adaptive communication and approach. The players are confident, as we have open and consistent communication. I always knew we could turn it around through self-belief and hard work. They are a quality group.”

Harkes was selected by the USL League One technical committee.