RSL promotes Waibel, moves Zarkos into soccer operations

With the exit of general manager Garth Lagerwey to Seattle at the end of the 2014 season and more recently of club president Bill Manning, 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 Elliot Fall 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 youth teams.
1 comment about "RSL promotes Waibel, moves Zarkos into soccer operations".
  1. BJ Genovese, August 28, 2015 at 8:43 p.m.

    I realize that the Arizona academy is good at winning and getting medals for its Director, but maybe Mr Fall can ask them to have a little more class when asking players to come all the way out for a trial on short notice. A simple "thanks your not what we are looking for this year" would do just fine. Players close to your level need to learn how to deal with cuts and rejection, but no word after saying you wold contact is super awful and totaly unpro. Get it together RSL academy.

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