Orlando City SC president Darren Eales announced the departure of general manager Adrian Heath on Monday, with interim head coach Jason Kreis taking over the role in the coming weeks.
Heath is expected to remain on the sidelines as Orlando City moves to an all-new front office structure.
The move will allow Orlando City to move to a new front office, where Heath will be the chief operating officer.
He will serve as the general manager, overseeing everything from player acquisitions to league operations.
The change comes after the team signed three new members in the past week, bringing the total to nine: Orlando City coach Adrian Heath, technical director Nick DeLeon, and director of soccer operations Tom Sermanni.
They all have experience in MLS and MLS Cup.
The Lions also signed former MLS player Kevin Molino and former MLS head coach Adrian Hanauer to the same positions.
With Heath departing, there are no immediate changes to the front office.
A new chief operating and finance officer will be named in the near future, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Heath and DeLeon will remain with Orlando City, while Sermann and Hanauer will remain in Orlando.
Sermanni will become the Lions’ new chief financial officer, while Hanauer and Molino will become financial advisers to the club.
It will be up to Sermannis management to decide which financial advisory contracts they will sign with Orlando.
The Lions will also hire a new chief of staff to oversee the front offices operations, and will have a new director of player development, sources told Sports Illustrated.
It remains to be seen if the new hires will be given full-time jobs or given additional roles.
Hazard will not be staying in Orlando, but he will be joining Orlando City’s coaching staff as a part-time adviser, sources said.
He previously worked with Orlando’s academy and as a youth development assistant at the University of Florida.
The news came after Orlando City released a statement that read:The Lions, along with the National Soccer Coaches Association, had been looking for a new head coach for the past year, with no coach being able to secure a deal.
Heath has been a strong advocate for the franchise, as it continues to improve, according the club’s statement.
The club is confident that Adrian Heath will continue to lead the club through this transition.
Orlando City continues to be a leader in the National Premier Soccer League, as well as in soccer in general.