Friday, January 10, 2014

Jamie Smith Retires, Both He and Pablo Join Staff

Some good news on the staffing front today.  Jamie Smith announced his retirement from playing and immediately joined the Rapids Academy as a coach.  He'll be working with the next group of Dillon Sernas and Shane O'Neills.  Also today Pablo Mastroeni was hired as Special Assistant to the Technical Director (that being Paul Bravo).  He'll jump in immediately helping Bravo and Metgod scout the combine and handle the SuperDraft next week.  He is not considered a candidate for the head coaching position (good IMO).

Great to see two former players helping the club after retirement.  Prior to these only two former players (other than Bravo) had ever joined the Rapids staff in a technical capacity, Steve Trittschuh as an assistant from '02-'06, and David Kramer as an assistant in '08.  It would be a good development if former players wanted to stay involved with the Rapids.  I'm very pleased to see both of these guys, particularly the greatest Rapid of all time, working with the team.

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