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 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 2017/2018

BOYS ACADEMY TEAMS:

Birth YearTeam NameHead Coach
2010U8 Academy 1st, 2nd, and 3rd teamMichael Welch
2009U9 Academy Man City 09Michael Welch
2009U9 Academy Bayern MunichMichael Welch
2008U10 Academy Accent Red 08Shaun Owens
2008U10 Academy Accent Blue 08Shaun Owens
2008U10 Academy Intensity 08Bryan Davenport
2007U11 Academy Accent 07Shaun Owens
2007U11 Academy Fusion 07Bryan Davenport
2007U11 Pre-Academy BlueJeff Fielder
2007U11 Pre-Academy RedJeff Fielder
2006U12 Academy Attack 06Tim Richardson
2005U13 Academy Attack 05Tim Richardson
2005/06U13 Academy 05 EliteDerek Cox
2004U14 Academy 04 BlackIrwing Romo
2003U15 Academy 03 BlackIrwing Romo
2003U15 Academy 03 RedIrwing Romo / Brad Weyrauch
2003U15 Academy 03 WhiteIrwing Romo
2002U16 Academy 1st & 2ndIrwing Romo
2001U17 Academy Elite 01Liam O’Connell
2001U17 Academy Premier 01Jeff Fielder
2001U17 Academy Select 01Liam O’Connell / Derek Cox
2000U18 Academy Elite 2000Tony LaRose
1999U19 Academy EliteRon Cox

GIRLS ACADEMY TEAMS:

Birth YearTeam NameHead Coach
2010U8 Academy Pink Panthers 2010Tim Richardson
2009U9 Academy Pink Panthers 09Tim Richardson
2007U11 Academy LadyBolts 07Paul Rios
2006U12 Academy 06 LadyBoltsPaul Rios
2003U15 Academy RIOTChuck Davis
2001U17 Academy RomaMichael Welch
2000/01U18 Academy Lady JaguarsAnn Murphy
1999U19 Academy Pink PanthersTim Richardson