Union II Technical Staff

Brendan Burke - Head Coach

Burke just ended his fourth season as head coach of Philadelphia Union II, coaching the squad to a 41-57-33(W-L-D) regular season record during the club’s first four seasons in the modern era. He was formally introduced as head coach on Oct. 29, 2015. Burke previously spent six years with the Union before leaving the club in January 2014 for a job at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. He recently reached his 100th all-time match in charge of the club, celebrating the occasion with a win against Birmingham Legion FC on March 10, 2019 in Union II's first match of the 2019 USL Championship regular season. During his time as head coach of Union II, six players have progressed from his squad to join the first team.

After guiding the club to six wins in its inaugural season, Burke guided Union II to the Eastern Conference's biggest leap and to the postseason in 2017. After picking up 12 victories and 44 points, Burke aided the team to a historic eight-match unbeaten streak during the season and helped the club rack up six victories away from Goodman Stadium. In 2018 he managed the team to a second consecutive appearance in the USL Cup Playoffs, directing the club to its first ever appearance in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the USL Cup Playoffs, following a 2-2 First-Round match against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds with Union II advancing on penalty kicks. Burke’s squad earned 14 wins and 50 points in 2018.

Burke served as the assistant coach for the Philadelphia Union from 2011 through 2014 and was heavily involved in all levels of the U.S. Soccer pyramid, including serving as the head coach of the Union’s PDL affiliate Reading United from 2008 through 2013, where he maintained an exceptional record of 71-18-19. Burke also had plenty of influence with then USL-affiliate Harrisburg City Islanders, in addition to his first team duties with the Union.

In the last 11 years, 49 players from Reading United who have played under Burke signed professional contracts, including current Union defender Ray Gaddis and former Union forward C.J. Sapong.

While at Reading United, Burke coached USMNT call-ups FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges and Toronto FC´s Alex Bono. Burke also coached the No. 4 overall 2015 SuperDraft pick Fatai Alashe from the San Jose Earthquakes and Deshorn Brown, who scored 10 goals in his rookie season with the Colorado Rapids and currently plays for Valerenga Football in the Norwegian Tippeligaen league. During Burke’s last season as coach at Reading, a record seven players were drafted into MLS: Kadeem Dacres, Tolani Ibikunle, Damion Lowe, Steve Neumann, Jimmy Ockford, Pedro Ribero and Bob Sweat.

In between his time with the Union and Bethlehem Steel FC, Burke was the associate head coach at Northeastern University. During his first season with the Huskies, the team went 8-11-1 and made it to the CAA Tournament Semifinals where they fell 1-0 to Delaware.


Stephen Hogan - Assistant Coach

Hogan just ended his fourth season with Philadelphia Union II. He previously served as the head coach of the Philadelphia Union’s PDL affiliate, Reading United.

Hogan guided the PDL squad to a 22-5-1 record in two seasons with Reading United. The club went 10-3-1 and won the Mid-Atlantic Division title along with an appearance in the Eastern Conference finals. Hogan followed up with an even stronger 12-2-0 record in 2017, tying for the most wins in the 72-team league. During the season that saw the club reach the postseason for the ninth time in 10 seasons, Hogan's squad conceded an Eastern Conference-low 10 goals.

As a Reading player under Brendan Burke, he made 52 appearances, second most in club history, while playing from 2007-10. He helped lead the team to the 2009 PDL Regular Season Title and the PDL National Semifinals in 2008 and 2010.

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Hogan spent two seasons as head coach at the College of Saint Rose’s men’s soccer program. While on the staff of the Albany, N.Y. based college, Hogan established the Golden Knights training program, was active in recruiting players and monitored the academic progress of his student-athletes.


Kevin Coleman - Assistant Coach

Coleman just ended his second season with Philadelphia Union II.

Coleman began working within the Philadelphia Union Organization in 2013, working in the Union Juniors program and as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Union Academy. During his time with the academy, Coleman has served as the Head Coach for the Academy’s U12, U13 and U14 teams. He has been the Head Coach of the Academy’s U19 team for the past two seasons. 

Previously, Coleman has coached at La Salle University and Villanova University. Coleman has his United States Soccer Federation A Coaching License. During his playng career he palyed in the USL with the Virginia Beach Mariners. 


Brian Betz, DAT, ATC, CSCS - Head Athletic Trainer

Betz just ended his second season with Philadelphia Union II as Head Athletic Trainer, having previously worked for the club in 2017. His primary responsibilities are injury prevention, treatment, therapeutic rehabilitation and conditioning of players. Prior to coming to Union II, Betz picked up experience working with athletes ranging from high school to the professional level, including Philadelphia Union and the Union Academy.

A native of Hauppauge, New York, Betz completed his Doctorate in Athletic Training through Indiana State University, his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Springfield College and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. 


Andrew Vaccaro - Equipment Manager

Vaccaro just ended his fourth season with the Philadelphia Union II organization and his third as the club's head equipment manager.

Vaccaro started with Union II as the club's marketing and team operations intern during the club's inaugural season. After graduating from DeSales University with a degree in sports management, he was hired to become the club's equipment manager in January 2017.