Craig Reynolds Joins Fire Staff
The Chicago Fire announced today
that Craig Reynolds has accepted an assistant coaching position with the
club. Reynolds joins longtime coaches Denis Hamlett and Daryl Shore on
Head Coach Dave Sarachan's assistant coaching staff. Reynolds takes over
the coaching spot that was vacated by Tom Soehn, who departed the Fire
in January to take a similar position with D.C. United.
"I feel very fortunate to be joining the coaching staff of the Chicago
Fire," said Reynolds. "From top to bottom the Fire is a great
organization with a vision towards the future of professional soccer in
this country. I've known Dave for many, many years and I'm pleased we've
been reunited as coaches, especially with a team of this caliber. I'm
going to help this club continue to be successful any way I can."
Reynolds joins the Fire coaching staff after having served the last eight
seasons (1996-2003) as the top assistant coach at the University of Virginia
for Cavaliers Head Coach George Gelnovatch. Reynolds' move to Chicago
reunites him with Sarachan, as the two served as assistant coaches from
1986-1988 for then Virginia Head Coach Bruce Arena.
"I'm very excited to bring Craig on board," said Fire Head
Coach Dave Sarachan. "I've known Craig for over 20 years. We've coached
together and he's a great friend of mine. He's a true professional and
I'm confident that he'll be able to bring a lot of experience to our young
team. I'm very much looking forward to working with him this season and
Prior to his second coaching stint with the Cavaliers, Reynolds served
as the Head Coach at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.
During his eight-year tenure there (1988-1995), Reynolds' teams compiled
a 69-66-13 record. He led the Captains to two of their three top single-season
records and to several top-four regional rankings. His 69 career victories
are the most wins ever by a coach at the Division III school.
From 1996 to 2003, Reynolds also served as the Olympic Development Program's
Region I Head Coach for the Under-17 age group and was instrumental in
helping develop players such as Kyle Martino and Edson Buddle of the Columbus
Crew and MLS 2003 SuperDraft top overall selection Alecko Eskandarian
of D.C. United.
Reynolds received his bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1975
from SUNY-Brockport, where he earned All-America soccer honors as a senior
in 1974 after leading his team to the school's first-ever Division III
national championship. Following his collegiate career, Reynolds returned
to his hometown to play professional soccer in the North American Soccer
League (NASL) from 1976-1981 with the Rochester Lancers. He also played
with several teams in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), including
the New York Arrows (1979 Champions), and Chicago Horizon.