USL champion Real Monarchs remove Olave's interim tag

The Real Monarchs have named Colombian Jamison Olave as their head coach after he led them to their first USL Championship title last Sunday.

The former Real Salt Lake defender had served as interim head coach on two previous occasions, mostly recent this season following the departure of head coach Martin Vazquez. The Monarchs went 10-4-5 in the last 19 matches of the regular season to earn a four seed in the Western Conference, where they beat Orange County SC, regular-season champion Phoenix, El Paso and Louisville City en route to the title.

Olave spent two stints at RSL, helping it win the 2009 MLS title and being named MLS Defender of the Year in 2010 and MLS Best XI in 2010 and 2011.

“After two years of being an assistant coach and the interim head coach, this feels really good,” Olave said. “Now we just need to keep working hard. We are going to continue to develop players within the Real Salt Lake organization from the RSL Academy all the way to RSL. We’re going to keep working like we did this year and put the team before everything.”

The Real Monarchs featured 18-year-old David Ochoa, the U-20 World Cup goalkeeper who was outstanding. Two other RSL Homegrown players, UCLA product Erik Holt and University of Louisville's Tate Schmitt, started in the 3-1 win over Louisville City in the USL Championship final.

The Monarchs also retained assistant coach Matt Glaeser for the 2020 season.
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