He took a team that brought over a couple of unknowns, transferred Sacha Kljestan from Anderlecht and remains of a side that won the Supporters Shield two seasons ago and went to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, sadly were a goal short of reaching the MLS Cup Final. Jesse Marsch did all of this in one season in 2015, while instituting his press offense and believing in his players to get them to create solid seasons.
Let's also not forget that when he was appointed head coach he took the ire from the season ticket holders at a town hall meeting that was scheduled and while he said some great things it sounded like the supporters were allowing to hear his ideas for what he wanted to do with this team.
Got a bunch of players who believed in his team concepts and got them to perform some fantastic moments for this season and most importantly, kept his head above water when the club went on a five game winless streak after going seven unbeaten to start the season. Found ways to right the ship and getting Lloyd Sam to convert more chances.
Sweeping NYCFC, defeating DC United in five games including the playoffs, planned a coup to bring over Shaun Wright-Phillips to train and sign him to join the club and play with his brother. Overall it was a damn good season that had a lot of unknowns that got started and ended with another Supporters Shield and another trip to the CONCACAF Champions League next season and let's also not forget a second town hall meeting where he got a standing ovation from the season ticket holders later in the season.
But why an A-? It was just a few notches short of reaching the MLS Cup Final and hosting it as Shield winners, but the process will begin once again this coming January 14th with the MLS Super Draft, then the Pre-season in February, then the start of a brand new season in March.