Nick Cushing was appointed as Head Coach on November 10, 2022.
Cushing took over as the Club’s Interim Head Coach in June 2022 after the departure of former Head Coach Ronny Deila. Under Cushing’s guidance, the Boys in Blue finished third in the Eastern Conference and made a run to the Eastern Conference Finals of the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs, becoming only the third team since 2010 to reach the Conference Finals the season after winning MLS Cup.
Cushing also led his team to a Campeones Cup victory in September 2022 against Liga MX champions Atlas F.C. in a convincing 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium. In addition, under Cushing, ‘The Pigeons’ swept the regular season matchup against the Red Bulls for the first time in Club history.
Having joined NYCFC ahead of its 2020 season, Cushing had a successful stint as assistant coach helping the Club win its first MLS Cup in 2021 and later helped guide the team to a Concacaf Champions League Semifinal appearance in 2022.
Cushing has been part of the City Football Group family for 16 years, originally joining Manchester City in 2006. He progressed through the ranks as a coach in the academy, before being handed the reins to Man City Women’s team in 2013. Cushing quickly became one of the most decorated coaches in the women’s game, leading City to an impressive six trophies, including the 2016 Super League title en route to being named FA WSL Manager of the Year.
In addition to his league title with MCWFC, Cushing lifted the FA WSL Cup in 2014, the FA Women’s Cup and FA WSL Cup in 2016-17, and the FA WSL Cup again in 2018-2019. Cushing also lead MCWFC to successive UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals.
Nick has coached some of the most successful and talented players in Women’s soccer including former FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and two-time World Cup winning U.S. international Carli Lloyd. Many of the English national team leaders, such as captain Steph Houghton, Karen Bardsley, and Jill Scott have also played under Cushing during his spell at Manchester City.