With the exit of general manager Garth Lagerwey
to Seattle at the end of the 2014 season and more recently of club president
, there has been a void on the Real Salt Lake soccer operations side that will be filled by Craig Waibel
, who has been promoted to general
manager, and Real Monarchs president Rob Zarkos
, now RSL's vice president of soccer administration.
"Craig and Rob are extraordinarily bright,
successful individuals, now empowered to permeate their winning, responsible track records throughout the club," said RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen
. "By bolstering
the human resources on the soccer side, Waibel, Zarkos and many others will provide the energy and vision needed to further evolve this club forward, spearheading our initiatives to keep RSL at the
forefront of MLS for the foreseeable future."
Waibel, 40, formerly served as an RSL assistant coach in 2014 and has been the club's technical director since last December. He made 156
career appearances in 11 MLS seasons, playing most of his career with the Houston Dynamo. Waibel won four MLS Cup and one U.S. Open Cup championships. After retiring in 2010, Waibel spent three
years an assistant coach at the University of Michigan and University of Washington.
In September, 2014, Zarkos was named president of the new USL Real Monarchs. Prior to moving to Utah
last summer, Zarkos had spent the previous five years working for Hansen as vice president of operations and in-house counsel in the Wasatch Company's real estate side.
RSL assistant GM
will work on integrating the first-team's needs with player development at the USL level with the Monarchs and with the Arizona academy and Utah