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 Year||Team Name||Head Coach|
|2010||U8 Academy 1st, 2nd, and 3rd team||Michael Welch|
|2009||U9 Academy 1st & 2nd||Michael Welch|
|2008||U10 Academy Accent Red 08||Shaun Owens|
|2008||U10 Academy Accent Blue 08||Shaun Owens|
|2008||U10 Academy Intensity 08||Bryan Davenport|
|2007||U11 Academy 1st team||Shaun Owens|
|2007||U11 Academy 2nd team||Bryan Davenport|
|2007||U11 Pre-Academy Blue||Jeff Fielder|
|2007||U11 Pre-Academy Red||Jeff Fielder|
|2006||U12 Academy Attack 06||Tim Richardson|
|2005||U13 Academy Attack 05||Tim Richardson|
|2005/06||U13 Academy 05/06 team||Derek Cox|
|2004||U14 Academy 1st & 2nd||Irwing Romo|
|2004||U14 Academy 3rd team||Jon Edzards|
|2003||U15 Academy 1st team||Irwing Romo|
|2003||U15 Academy 2nd team||Brad Weyrauch|
|2003||U15 Academy 3rd team||Irwing Romo|
|2002||U16 Academy 1st & 2nd||Irwing Romo|
|2001||U17 Academy Elite 01||Liam O’Connell|
|2001||U17 Academy Premier 01||Jeff Fielder|
|2001||U17 Academy Select 01||Liam O’Connell|
|2000||U18 Academy Elite 2000||Tony LaRose|
|1999||U19 Academy Elite||Ron Cox|
GIRLS ACADEMY TEAMS:
|Birth Year||Team Name||Head Coach|
|2010||U8 Academy 1st & 2nd team||Tim Richardson|
|2009||U9 Academy 1st & 2nd team||Tim Richardson|
|2007||U11 Academy team||Paul Rios|
|2006||U12 Academy team||Paul Rios|
|2003||U15 Academy RIOT||Chuck Davis|
|2001||U17 Academy Roma||Michael Welch|
|2000/01||U18 Academy Lady Jaguars||Ann Murphy|
|1999||U19 Academy Pink Panthers||Tim Richardson|