MLS: Rapids name Hankinson coach

The Colorado Rapids named former Tampa Bay Mutiny head coach Tim Hankinson as their new head coach. Hankinson, 45, guided the Mutiny to a 39-38-3 mark in two-and-a-half seasons. The victories are the most by a Mutiny head coach. Hankinson (0-4-0 in the playoffs) was not offered a contract extension after the 2000 season when the Mutiny fell to Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs. Hankinson replaces Glenn Myernick, who was relieved of his duties recently. "We are delighted to name Tim as our new head coach," said general manager Dan Counce. "We believe that he will bring a new, exciting level of play to our team -- one that will encourage fans and players alike." Hankinson becomes the fourth head coach in Colorado Rapids history after Myernick (1997-2000) with a 63-61-4 record, player-coach Roy Wegerle (1996) with a 0-1 record, and Bobby Houghton (1996) with a 11-20 record. "It looks as though I will need to trade in the water skis for snow skis," said Hankinson. "Coming to a different climate isn't really problem because you follow the game and game can take you many places in this world. I have been from Iceland to Tampa Bay and everywhere in between, and I am very happy to be in Colorado now. It's rare that you receive an opportunity to work under the passion and vision of a man like Mr. [Philip] Anschutz." Hankinson coached collegiately at Oglethorpe, Alabama A&M, DePaul and Syracuse. In 1991, Hankinson left the country for Iceland, where he coached UMF Tindastol of the Second Division. He later served as coach and general manager of the USISL's Charleston Battery and general manager of the USISL's Raleigh Flyers before joining MLS in 1996 as director of player development. Prior to joining the Mutiny, Hankinson was the first coach in the history of MLS's Project-40 team.
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