Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Colorado Rapids President Tim Hinchey and he and I discussed many matters of importance to the club, but one of the more important thing is the feeling of family that permeates the Rapids. Over the last several years, there have been many former players that played critical roles with the club come back to the Rapids in a variety of roles. Former Midfielder Jamie Smith was named the Colorado Rapids Academy Development Coach in 2014 and of course Pablo Mastroeni was named Head Coach 11 months ago. And Goalkeepers coach Chris Sharpe was on the 2010 MLS Cup Championship team as the MLS Pool Goalkeeper.
And let us not forget our Technical Director Paul Bravo is in the Rapids Gallery of Honor
There is a pleasant history developing in Commerce City that former players are being welcomed back to the club.
It was something that Mr Hinchey and I discussed last Friday as we went through our conversation. I had asked Mr Hinchey about the prevalence of welcoming back former players into the fold and at that time we discussed players such as Smith, Mastroeni and newly minted Assistant Coach Brian Mullan. Mr Hinchey was very clear that welcoming players back to Dick's Sporting Goods Park was critical to the growth of the club. In addition, Mr Hinchey said, that any player that has just one cap with the Rapids will be welcomed back, at any time, to take in a match with a guest in the Summit Club. It is another piece of evidence that the Rapids are embracing the "One Club" and "Family" philosophy.
With that, the club announced today that Brian Mullan was named Assistant Coach and Community Ambassador:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Morning all, Brian Mullan has returned to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rapids96?src=hash">#Rapids96</a>, read the full story here. <a href="http://t.co/XriLcdRuwt">http://t.co/XriLcdRuwt</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BrianIsBack?src=hash">#BrianIsBack</a> <a href="http://t.co/l9V3Ogve65">pic.twitter.com/l9V3Ogve65</a></p>— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) <a href="https://twitter.com/ColoradoRapids/status/564823860940664834">February 9, 2015</a></blockquote>
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I know there will be some skeptics out there that will say that bringing Mullan back as an Assistant Coach is just another case of bringing another inexperienced coach on board. I do get that, and certainly those people are correct. Mullan does not have a lick of coaching experience at the Major League Soccer level. But what he does have is years of experience as a player who is a proven winner in MLS. He has five MLS Cup Championship medals and his leadership was critical to winning the Rapids Championship in 2010.
So what do you think Rapids fans? Are you excited or skeptical about Mullan coming back as an Assistant Coach? Hit us with your comments below!