Mark Briggs, the coach who brought the Real Monarchs their first-ever trophy, can add another award to his list accomplishments this season: Coach of the Year.
The USL revealed Monday that Briggs was voted Coach of the Year by team management and a league-wide media panel.
“The award symbolizes the collective efforts of the entire organization this season,” Briggs said in a team release. “We accomplished a lot this season, and it hasn’t quite sunk in just how much we accomplished this year.”
With a 20-5-7 regular season record, the Monarchs claimed the USL Shield and the team’s first-ever USL playoff berth. They also set a new league record with a nine-game winning streak.
The RSL affiliate’s season came to an end a disappointing first-round playoff loss to Sacramento on penalty kicks.
Briggs, an assistant coach at begin the season, took over for Mike Petke when he was promoted to the first team in late March.
Briggs came to the Monarchs last November with previous USL experience as the Wilmington Hammerheads player-coach in 2012-14 and head coach in 2015-16. The British native’s 16-year playing career included a stint in the Premier League when West Bromwich Albion — which he played for from 1998 to 2003 — was promoted in 2002.
The USL is scheduled to roll out the rest of its awards over the next two days. Monarchs striker Chandler Hoffman is one of three finalists for the 2017 USL MVP, which will be announced Wednesday.