The Houston Dash have hired former Houston Dynamo star Corey Ashe as the club’s Head of High Performance and Michael Poma as the team’s Performance Analyst, the Club announced today.
“Having Corey Ashe as our Head of High Performance is very exciting; I know he can get a lot out of the players this season. He’s very professional and meticulous in his work and with his playing experience he really relates to the players,” said Head Coach James Clarkson. “Michael Poma is our new performance analyst and he’s going to take our player development to an elite level. The information, video and data we will be able to provide the players and the team will accelerate learning and understanding.”
Ashe, 34, played nine seasons with the Dynamo, winning one MLS Cup and two Eastern Conference titles in orange. A second-round pick (26th overall) by the Dynamo in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, Ashe won the league title as a rookie, playing in 22 games with six starts during the regular season. He became a two-time MLS All-Star, tallying four goals and 27 assists in his nine years with Houston.
The Virginia Beach, Va. native played against Manchester United in the annual midseason exhibition of the 2011 MLS All-Star game. Later that year, Ashe helped lead the Dynamo to their third MLS Cup final in six years, starting all four playoff games en route to the final. Ashe ranks third in Dynamo history with 266 career games played across all competitions, and he ranks fourth in club history with 196 starts and 18,296 minutes played.
Poma joins Houston after being the Director of Analytics and Video at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, his hometown, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. There, the 22-year-old led the creation of opposition analysis to provide coaching staff for opponent trends and assist in final preparations utilizing data and video. Poma also spent a year with the U.S. Youth National Team programs coding matches and training sessions, assisting the technical staff in oppositional analysis. At the NWSL level, Poma remotely assisted Sky Blue FC’s coaching staff in analysis during the Challenge Cup in 2020.