Tim Hankinson takes helm at Montego Bay United

Tim Hankinson, the USA's most traveled coach, has taken the helm of Jamaican club Montego Bay United, which faces D.C. United Aug. 25 in the Concacaf Champions League.

Since his MLS coaching stints, with the Tampa Bay Mutiny (1998-2000) and the Colorado Rapids (2001-2004), Hankinson has coached Guatemala’s U-17 boys national team and India’s Salgaocar FC, and served as a guest coach of Brazil’s Figueirense FC. In 1990-91, after six years coaching Syracuse University, Hankinson coached Iceland’s UMF Tindastóll.

At Montego Bay United, Hankinson succeeds Dean Weatherly and will be the team’s third foreign coach in five seasons after Brazilian Nedier Dos Santos and Spaniard Carlos Garcia.

Montego Bay United lost its Champions League opener, 3-0, to Panama’s Arabe Unido, a game that Hankinson witnessed.

“It wasn't a great night for them," Hankinson told the Jamaica Observer. "But I saw hope, and I saw qualities in their game.

"This is a team (MBU) in preseason -- you go against a team in Panama that had many preparation games and this team had none. When we go to DC United, that's a team in midseason in the MLS, they have been training since January. ...

"So we are at the beginning of the process, whereas the teams we are playing against are in the middle of the process so that means we have to accelerate our ability to be effective and keep faith.”

In his most recent coaching stint, Hankinson headed the NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions in 2012-13, guiding it to the 2012 regular-season title in its inaugural season.

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