Assistant coach Chris Martinez enters his first season with the Swope Park Rangers after joining the club from the Colorado Rapids where he most recently served as the club's Development Academy Program Director.
Martinez, 47, also coached the Rapids Under-18 squad after being appointed in August 2016 before becoming the head coach of the Under-19 team in 2017.
Martinez went on to coach the club’s USL Premier Development League U-23 side in 2017, while he also had experience coaching with the U.S. Under-15 National Team that year.
Prior to joining the Rapids Academy, Martinez was the Director of Player Development at U.S. Soccer Development Academy club Real Colorado. In 2015, Martinez was named USSDA U-15/16 Coach of the Year for the Central Conference.
The former MLS defender enjoyed a stellar playing career for the Colorado Rapids, making 119 appearances in MLS play, recording nine assists in five seasons. Martinez played alongside Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes for three seasons from 1997-1999 before Vermes joined the Kansas City Wizards in 2000.
The duo helped the Rapids reach the MLS Cup Final in 1997 and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final in 1999, while Martinez was named Rapids Defender of the Year in 2001.
Born and raised in Colorado, Martinez played collegiate soccer at Clemson University from 1989-1992 before joining American Professional Soccer League side the Colorado Foxes in 1993, winning the APSL title in his first season.
The following year, Martinez headed to Kansas to play indoor soccer with the Wichita Wings, who played in the National Professional Soccer League, and was named to the NPSL All-Rookie team in 1994.