Technical Staff

Earnie Stewart - Sporting Director

Earnie Stewart was officially named Philadelphia Union’s Sporting Director on December 10, 2015. As Sporting Director, Stewart oversees and guides all Union technical and soccer-related decisions working closely with the Union First Team, Bethlehem Steel and the YSC Youth Academy. This technical leadership role is one the former U.S. National team and three-time World Cup veteran knows well from his previous role as Director of Football Affairs at AZ Alkmaar, a club he guided to Europa League qualification the last six consecutive seasons he was there.

Under Stewart’s technical guidance AZ has developed a reputation for its innovation, player recruitment, and player development methodology. In 2015, AZ Alkmaar was honored with the Rinus Michels Award for having the best youth academy in Dutch football.

Stewart was a crucial playmaker for the U.S. Men’s National Team throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s, registering 101 caps for the team from 1990 until he retired in 2005. Stewart is just one of 17 players in United Sates Men’s National Team history to record 100 caps. He was a regular starter for USA in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups and his 111 goals as a professional in the Netherlands make him the highest-scoring American in international club play.

Stewart also played in MLS during the 2003 and 2004 seasons and was a member of the D.C. United team that won the MLS Cup in 2004.

In his first MLS SuperDraft as Sporting Director for Philadelphia , Stewart acquired the second, third and sixth overall picks, selecting Josh Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry and Fabian Herbers. Those rookies combined for 5,677 minutes played, the most by a rookie class in MLS in 2016. That was the most by a club’s Super/Supplemental draftees since 2006.

Stewart constructed a Philadelphia roster that reached the postseason for the second time in club history, while orchestrating the biggest acquisition in club history in Alejandro Bedoya.  Philadelphia Union reached the playoffs for the second time in club history in Stewart’s first season. 

Jim Curtin - Head Coach

Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin joined the Union's first team on Nov. 29, 2012, after serving nearly two years an assistant coach with the senior squad before being named head coach in Nov. 2014.

A native of Oreland, Pa., Curtin joined the Union staff at the academy ranks in June 2010 after joining YSC Sports in Wayne as the director of curriculum development. Additionally, Curtin was the Union’s Under-18 Academy head coach and was instrumental in the U-18s capturing the 2012 Generation Adidas Cup.

Curtin attended Villanova University, where he was named Big East Rookie of the Year in 1997 and a three-time team MVP for the Wildcats. The All-American defender was a two time first team All-Big East selection in 1999 and 2000 and was the 2001 Philadelphia Soccer Seven Player of the Year. He became the first player from Villanova to be drafted into the MLS when selected by the Chicago Fire in 2001.

The 2004 MLS All-Star played more than 150 games for the Fire as was named Chicago’s defender of the year in 2004 before finishing his final two seasons in the league with Chivas USA in 2008 and 2009.

Philadelphia Union named Curtin as the Head Coach on Nov. 7, 2014 after he took over as interim team manager on June 10, 2014. Curtin quickly made his mark on the first team as interim manager, leading the Union to its first U.S. Open Cup Final in franchise history. Philadelphia lost to eventual Supporters’ Shield winners Seattle Sounders in extra time, 3-1, in the 2014 championship. Philadelphia finished with a 5-1-4 record at Talen Energy Stadium after Curtin took over managerial duties for the Union. 

In 2015, Curtin led the Union to the U.S. Open Cup Finals for the second consecutive year where they faced Sporting Kansas City at Talen Energy Stadium on Sept. 30. After 90 minutes of regular time and thirty minutes of extra time, the Union fell to Sporting KC in the eighth round of penalty kicks.

In the 2016 campaign, Curtin led Philadelphia to their second postseason appearance in club history. Under Curtin, the Union won eight matches at Talen Energy Stadium, the most wins at home by any team in club history.  The Union also set multiple club records including goals scored (52), shots on goal (167), corner kicks (183), road goals (22), road assists (22) and tied a club record for goals scored at home (30). 

During the 2016 season Curtin also became the Union’s all-time winningest coach in all competitions as well as MLS regular reason play. Philadelphia has never finished a season under .500 at home and owns a 25-9-8 record when scoring first under Curtin. 

Curtin is a Philly native and resides in downtown Philadelphia with his wife Jen and three kids Ryan, Avery, and Miles. 

Chris Albright - Technical Director

Chris Albright's role with the Union directly involves player management and movement. After joining the Union technical corps on Jan. 14, 2014, Albright has played a vital role in the team's scouting department, including the signing of Swiss National Team player Tranquillo Barnetta on July 29, 2015.

Albright was instrumental in bringing players to Philadelphia as the club reached the postseason for the second time in club history. Albright led the charge in acquiring midfielder Chris Pontius from D.C. United. Pontius led the club in goals in his first season with the Union and was tied for the most goals scored by an American player in MLS in 2016. Pontius was also voted the 2016 MLS Comeback Player of the Year.

Albright enjoyed an illustrious professional career that found him play for five MLS clubs and appear in 235 matches with career totals of 11 goals and 22 assists. The three-time MLS All-Star defender won MLS Cups with D.C. United in 1999 and with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2002 and 2005. Albright also earned 22 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team and was a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup team in Germany.

A Philadelphia native, Albright ended his career where it began and now resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife Leah, and his three children, Liam, Wyatt and Ava.

B.J. Callaghan - Assistant Coach

B.J. Callaghan was promoted to the Philadelphia Union First Team in June 2014 under Jim Curtin. Prior to his First Team involvement, he spent the previous two years working with the Philadelphia Union/YSC Academy. 

His first team roles include, but are not limited to, on-field coaching, opponent analysis, player development and scouting.

He has been on the bench for many of the club's historical achievements, including two consecutive US Open Cup finals, the second postseason appearance in club history and the season in which the Union recorded the most wins at home by any team in club history.

Callaghan has also been crucial in designing innovative and effective set piece plays. Throughout his tenure, the Union have consistently ranked among the top MLS clubs in set play goals.

Prior to the Philadelphia Union, Callaghan spent six years at Villanova University, rising to the level of Associate Head Coach. While at Villanova, he was involved in all aspects of the program, and helped lead the team to three straight Big East playoff appearances, including the 2011 Big East Semifinals — the highest finish in program history.

Callaghan graduated in 2003 from Ursinus College with a degree in Economics and Business Administration, and has held many coaching positions within the local soccer community, working with FC Delco, Montgomery Soccer Club, and EPYSA/Region I ODP programs. He currently holds a USSF "A" License and is enrolled in the US Soccer Pro license program.​

Pat Noonan - Assistant Coach

Pat Noonan joined the Union's coaching staff prior to the 2018 season as an Assistant Coach. Born in Ballwin, Missouri, Noonan comes to Philadelphia following a 10-year professional playing career that began in 2003 when he was drafted ninth overall by the New England Revolution. After playing five seasons for the Revs, which included an MLS All-Star nod in 2004 as well as a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory in 2007, he moved to Europe, signing with Norwegian club Aalesunds FK. He came back to MLS later that year, joining Columbus midway through the 2008 campaign. He would go on to help the side complete a domestic double, winning MLS Cup and the Supporters’ Shield that year.

He later played for Colorado, Seattle and the LA Galaxy, winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice with Sounders FC (2010, 2011) as well as another MLS Cup in 2012, with the Galaxy. Prior to the 2013 season, he retired as a player and joined the Galaxy’s coaching staff under Bruce Arena, where he would help the team win another MLS Cup, in 2014. He left the Galaxy to work under Arena as an assistant with the USMNT in 2017, his last coaching job before joining Philadelphia.

Internationally, Noonan has earned 14 caps for the USMNT, scoring one goal. He was a part of the CONCACAF Gold Cup winning side in 2005. While a member of Seattle Sounders FC, he scored the first-ever goal at Talen Energy Stadium, on June 27, 2010. Recently, he also earned his U.S. Soccer Pro License a member of the second-ever cohort to complete the course. He joins Jim Curtin as a holder of that certification, with the Union head coach having completed the course a year earlier in 2016.

Tim Hanley - Goalkeeping Coach

Tim Hanley joined the Union's staff ahead of the 2018 season. He comes to Philadelphia after a six-year playing career and a 19-year coaching career. A native of Palo Alto, California, he began his career training with Blackpool and Coventry City in England, then returned to the United States to play in the North American Soccer League. He played with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, San Jose Earthquakes, and Golden Bay Earthquakes, sandwiched around a stint at Scottish club Hibernian.

Following his playing career, he spent three seasons as a coach with the San Jose Clash from 1997-99 and then five seasons with the Earthquakes from 2001-05, winning MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003 as well as the Supporters’ Shield in 2005. He then spent eight years with the Houston Dynamo, including their first two seasons in 2006-07 and then six more from 2009-14, returning to San Jose in 2015, where he coached for the last three seasons. He also coached for Stanford University concurrently to his work with the Earthquakes, from 2002-05.

Hanley coached three MLS Goalkeeper of the Year winners in a four-year span from 2002-2005 (Joe Cannon, 2002; Pat Onstad, 2003 and 2005). As the San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeping coach, he coached Union goalkeeper Andre Blake during the 2016 MLS All-Star Game at Avaya Stadium.

Paul Rushing - Head Athletic Trainer

Rushing is in his eighth year as Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia Union. Prior to that, Paul was the Head ATC for the Men’s U-17 US Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., where he served from 2005 to 2010. Prior to working with the Residency Program, he worked at IMG Soccer Academy from 2002 to 2005. From 2001 to 2002 he was employed by St Anthony’s Hospital as a staff athletic trainer.

Paul received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Western Illinois University in 2001. Prior to college, Paul was enlisted in the United States Navy from 1989 to 1997, serving in Operation Desert Storm, and earning several service medals and awards during that time.

Paul currently resides in West Grove, Pa. with his wife Kristen. Paul has 2 daughters, Stephanie and Emily.

Josh Gros - Team Coordinator

Josh Gros knows what it takes to win a Major League Soccer Championship. A four-year starter for D.C. United, Gros helped lead the Black and Red to the 2004 MLS Cup in his first season. Heading into 2015, Gros will be in his sixth season as Team Coordinator, with his primary responsibilities involving many areas of team operations and administration.

Selected by D.C. United in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, Gros was immediately inserted into the starting lineup, becoming the club’s first draft pick to log more than 2,000 minutes. Known for his tireless work ethic, the Rutgers graduate logged over 9,000 minutes in 110 games, resulting in nine goals and 14 assists. Gros earned a cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team in a 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico on February 7, 2007. An unfortunate series of concussions forced the 2006 MLS All-Star into early retirement at the end of the 2007 season.

Prior to returning to MLS, Gros spent 18 months working as a civil engineer for VIKA, Inc., in Virginia. He continued to stay involved in soccer, however, serving as an assistant coach with the Northern Virginia Royals of the USL Premier Development League.

Garrison Draper - Performance Director 

Steve Hudyma - Assistant Athletic Trainer

Brandon Comisky - Equipment Manager

Dan Nolan - Equipment Manager 

Kyle McCarthy - Technical Coordinator 

Terence McFadden - Scouting Analyst 

Brad Papson - Physical Therapist   

Steve Mathews - Team Chiropractor

David Webner -Team Doctor - Sports Medicine

Chip Hummer - Team Doctor - Orthopedic

Jim McGlynn - Team Doctor - Orthopedic