On December 17, US Soccer announced that Philadelphia Union assistant coach BJ Callaghan completed the Pro License coaching course. According to US Soccer, the Pro License is "the highest soccer license recognized in North America and completes the U.S. Soccer coaching education pathway that begins at the grassroots level."
Over the course of a year, Callaghan attended three in-person courses -- in January, June, and December respectively -- and welcomed educators and evaluators to training sessions so they could observe how he put theory into practice. Observers from US Soccer watched Callaghan's work at Union training this season and subsequently deemed him qualified to receive the Pro License.
As this is the third year of the Pro License course, Callaghan is in a fairly exclusive group of coaches who have completed the course and now hold the Pro License. Eleven other coaches earned the license with the Union assistant, including former Philadelphia Independence head coach Paul Riley.
After spending two years with the Union academy, Callaghan joined Jim Curtin's first team staff in June 2014 and has played a key role in developing the young talent that feature regularly at Talen Energy Stadium. Last year, Curtin emphasized the strong work Callaghan did with the club's defenders as well as his work training set pieces.
Callaghan will return to the bench alongside Curtin in 2019 as the Union look to build on a 50 point season and the club's second playoff appearance in three seasons.