ZORAN SAVIC TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Now in his seventh season as an Assistant coach for Sporting Kansas City, Savic first joined the club’s technical staff in 2009 and has since led the club to four consecutive postseason appearances. In addition to training many of Major League Soccer’s top performing players, Savic helped guide the team to a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in 2012 and MLS Cup championship in 2013.

A native of Yugoslavia, Savic’s career in American soccer has spanned 40 years at all levels of the game in the United States as both a player and a coach. His professional career began with the Buffalo Stallions of the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1980 before starring for the Kansas City Comets, with whom he scored 70 goals in just over 100 appearances from 1982–84.

He led the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA) in scoring for the 1985-86 season with 46 goals and 35 assists, and won an AISA championship with the Louisville Thunder a season later. Savic was named to the All-AISA team both seasons and was also amongst the original members of the United States Five-A-Side Team (now Futsal), including caps at the first two FIFA Indoor Soccer Tournaments held in 1986 (Hungary) and 1987 (Spain).

In addition to excelling at the indoor game, Savic also played professionally outdoors in the American Soccer League and the American Professional Soccer League until retiring in 1991 to begin his coaching career in Kansas City. He led the Kansas City Attack from 1992 until 1996, highlighted by claiming the 1992-93 National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) championship in his first year and twice winning NPSL Coach of the Year honors.

Savic served as the Kansas City Attack’s General Manager for their second NPSL championship in the 1996-97 seasons, becoming the first individual to win NPSL championships as a player, coach and general manager. Savic later coached the Kansas City Comets from 2000 until 2005 and during that span became the second coach in league history to win 200 regular season games. After serving as a Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Comets, Savic was named Team President of the St. Louis Steamers in 2005.

Prior to the 2007 Major League Soccer season, Savic was hired by Chivas USA to serve as an Assistant Coach. Chivas USA went on to finish first in the Western Conference, the team’s best season in their 10-year MLS tenure.

Savic returned to Kansas City — where he raises two children with his wife Scotty — He currently holds an ‘A’ coaching license through the United States Soccer Federation, as well as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Premier Diploma.

Academy Coaching Staff 2016/2017

BOYS ACADEMY TEAMS:

Birth YearTeam NameHead Coach
2010U7 Academy 2010Michael Welch
2009U8 Academy EliteMichael Welch
2009U8 Academy PremierRicky Olivares
2008U9 AccentChad Newman
2008U9 United 08Sam Prasil/Todd Parsons
2007U10 AccentChad Newman
2007U10 United 07Sam Prasil/Todd Parsons
2007U10 RedJeff Fielder
2007U10 Academy 2007Ricky Olivares
2006U11 Academy 2006Phil Clouse
2006U11 AttackTim Richardson
2006U11 Academy Red 05/06Mike Welch
2005U12 AttackTim Richardson
2005U12 EvolutionChris Paul/Scott Roller
2004U13 StrikersIrwing Romo
2003U14 Academy EliteJohnny Oceguera
2003U14 Academy PremierTony LaRose
2002U15 Academy 2002/9Irwing Romo
2002U15 Academy 2002/8Irwing Romo
2001U16 Academy EliteJuan Oceguera/Liam O’Connell
2001U16 Academy PremierJeff Fielder
2001U16 Academy 2001/CIrwing Romo
2000U17 Academy EliteTony LaRose
2000U17 Academy PremierCameron Wallace
1999U18 Academy EliteJuan Oceguera
1999U18 Academy PremierIrwing Romo
1998U19 RedRon Cox

GIRLS ACADEMY TEAMS:

Birth YearTeam NameHead Coach
2009U8 Pink Panthers 09/10Tim Richardson
2008U9 BarcelonaKevin Lint
2007U10 SwarmChristie Hurd
2007U10 StormNicole D’Entremont
2006U11 Stars PremierJason Lee
2006U11 SwarmChristie Hurd
2006U11 WhiteChip Woodman
2003U11 Los DragonsChip Woodman
2005U12 StormEric Geschwind
2005U12 Pink PanthersTim Richardson
2004U13 Pink Panthers EliteTim Richardson
2004U13 Pink Panthers PremierTim Richardson
2003U14 Pink Panthers Select 03/04Tim Richardson
2003U14 Pink PanthersTim Richardson
2003U14 RIOT!Chuck Davis
2002U15 Pink PanthersTim Richardson
2002U15 Roma 01/02Michael Welch
2001U16 Lady JaguarsAnn Murphy
2000U17 ImpactAnn Murphy
1999U18 Pink Panthers 99/00Tim Richardson