Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 -- While their season may not start until May, FC Tucson has wasted no time in the search for its new head coach.
Today, the club announced the hiring of David Cosgrove as the club's new head coach. Cosgrove is the third head club in club history following Rick Shantz (2012-16), who left the club to join the coaching staff of Phoenix Rising FC as an assistant coach and Jon Pearlman (2017) who left in December to become an assistant coach with the USL's Oklahoma City Energy FC.
Cosgrove was previously the men's head coach at Pima Community College and its the school's all-time leader in wins during his 19-year tenure which started in 1999. Under his guidance, Pima has finished the season in the Top 5 in the country five times (1999, 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2017) and he was the national runner-up in 1999. Cosgrove is also the Director of Coaching and a board member with the Tucson Soccer Academy.
“In order to maintain FC Tucson’s excellence on the pitch it was important for us to find a head coach who had strong ties to the local soccer community and we couldn’t think of a better person than David Cosgrove,” said Phoenix Rising Chief Operating Officer Bobby Dulle in a press release. “Between his work with Tucson Soccer Academy and Pima Community College, David has a unique view of the development cycle of soccer players in Arizona and he is going to contribute in a positive way to our overall goal of raising the quality of soccer in the state to its full potential and beyond.”
FC Tucson begins the 2018 season at home on May 12 against Albuquerque Sol FC. Fans can still purchase FC Tucson season ticket packages starting at just $65. Season ticket packages include a 2018 FC Tucson scarf and merchandise discounts! Fans interested in becoming season ticket members can head to the club’s website at www.FCTucson.com.