The Colorado Rapids have announced the hiring of two assistant coaches ahead of the 2021 season: former Rapids player Wolde Harris and former head coach of the USL’s Tacoma Defiance Chris Little.
Wolde Harris had a 14-year professional career that included playing for the Colorado Foxes in 1996 and the Rapids from 1997-1999. (Current Rapids head coach Robin Fraser played for the Foxes from 1990-1995 and the Rapids from 2001-2003.) The Kingston, Jamaica native, had 28 international appearances and scored seven goals for his country’s national team.
More recently, he’s been an assistant coach for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC since 2015 and was briefly the interim head coach in 2019.
“We are very excited to have hired Wolde,” Fraser said in the press release. “He’s had vast experience playing professionally here and abroad, as well as an illustrious international career. He is the rare find of an attacker who has an excellent overall view of the game. Our attacking players will benefit greatly from Wolde being here.”
Chris Little’s focus will be on developing and integrating young players from the Rapids Academy into the first team. He joined the Seattle Sounders FC Academy in 2017 and was head coach of the Tacoma Defiance from 2019-2020 before coming to Colorado.
“We’re delighted to strengthen our technical staff with coaches of Wolde’s and Chris’ quality,” said Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids Executive VP & General Manager. “Wolde’s experience and familiarity with our club, both as a former Rapids player and as a member of the Switchbacks’ coaching staff, will be a great asset for Robin [Fraser] and our technical staff. We’re equally excited to welcome Chris to the club, as he brings a wealth of experience in developing players, which is a key focus for us as we continue to build toward a model of sustainable success.”
Harris and Little join current Rapids assistant and goalkeeper coach Chris Sharpe (who has been on the staff since 2013 under Oscar Pareja), as well as assistant coach Neil Emblen and first team analyst Jase Kim (both from Anthony Hudson’s tenure).