This week the Chicago Fire announced that longtime Fire assistant coach Denis Hamlett had signed a multi-year deal to be the new head coach for the team.
On MLSNet.com Fire Owner Andrew Hauptman was quoted as saying:
“When we deliberated on who should be the next head coach for the Chicago Fire, we ultimately came to the decision that Denis was the top candidate. I am confident that he possesses the knowledge, skill set and passion necessary to inspire and lead our team to future success – a future that includes winning,”
This is a good hire by Chicago. Hamlett has been with the Fire since its inauguration season in 1998. With Hamlett’s guidance, the Fire has won the 1998 MLS Cup, four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006), four Conference championships (1998, 2000, 2001, 2003), as well as the MLS Supporters Shield (2003). Most recently, Hamlett helped Chicago reach the Eastern Conference Championship game in 2007.
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