Timbers land Wake's Vidovich to run T2

The Portland Timbers, who dipped into the college ranks to get head coach Caleb Porter, have made another big grab with the hiring of longtime Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich as the head coach of their new Timbers 2 for the 2015 USL PRO season. Both Porter and Vidovich won college titles in the last decade, and the latest hiring underscores the seriousness with which MLS clubs are taking the creation of second-team operations.

MLS in USL PRO 2015:
LA Galaxy II
, Curt Onalfo
FC Montreal, Philippe Eullaffroy
*New York Red Bulls, TBD
Portland Timbers 2, Jay Vidovich
Real Monarchs SLC, TBD
Seattle Sounders FC 2, Ezra Hendrickson
Toronto, Jason Bent
Whitecaps FC 2, TBD

The 54-year-old Vidovich, who also will serve as an assistant coach for the Timbers first team, spent 21 seasons as head coach at Wake Forest, which has 11 first-round MLS SuperDraft picks since 2005.

“Signing a coach of Jay’s considerable caliber and pedigree is both reflective of our commitment to the T2 team and his desire to coach at a higher level,” said Gavin Wilkinson, the Timbers general manager, in a statement. “We view this as a major investment in the program and a vital step in the development of our young players coming through the club. Jay brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff. While Jay’s primary responsibility is as head coach of the T2 team, he will work closely with Caleb Porter and implement the same style and system as the first team.”

Vidovich joined the Demon Deacons as an assistant coach to Walter Chyzowych in 1986 and accepted the role of head coach in 1994 after Chyzowych died. Under Vidovich’s guidance, Wake became a dominant power in the ACC as the Deacons made four consecutive College Cup appearances from 2006-2009 and won their first national championship in 2007.

“I couldn't pass up the opportunity to join the Portland Timbers organization as it is evident across the entire organization and the fan base that the Timbers strive to be successful at all levels,” Vidovich said. “I will take great pride in leading T2 and helping the Timbers to achieve success. It has been an honor to lead the Wake Forest men’s soccer program for the last 21 years and I am thankful for everyone who has made this a special experience for me.&rdquo



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