Assistant Coach KERRY ZAVAGNIN first joined Kansas City in 2000 as a holding midfielder and was an integral part of the club’s midfield for the next nine seasons, during which time he helped lead the Wizards to MLS Cup (2000) and U.S. Open Cup (2004) Championships. He was named to the MLS All-Star team and the Best XI in 2004. An assistant coach at the club since 2009, Zavagnin holds a variety of roles including scouting, developing Sporting Kansas City’s younger players, breaking down film and assisting with training sessions, among others.
He started his professional career with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, where he played in 39 games over two seasons. After spending one season with the Lehigh Valley Steam (USL-1), Zavagnin came to Kansas City in 2000. He played 237 games (228 starts) and logged 20,516 minutes for Kansas City, setting team records in both categories. He scored eight goals and added 22 assists in his nine seasons in Kansas City blue. Zavagnin was named Team Defender of the Year in 2001.
On top of his club success in Kansas City, Zavagnin also appeared 21 times for the United States National Team. He recorded one assist for the Red, White and Blue. The U.S. team went 15-2-4 when Zavagnin appeared. Zavagnin married his wife Miriam prior to the 2009 season, when he became an assistant coach at the club.