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Switchbacks shuffle technical staff, appoint James Chambers Head Coach

By Staff, 01/05/24, 3:26PM EST


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Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC has appointed James Chambers as its new Head Coach having served as an assistant at the club over the past three seasons. | Photo courtesy Isaiah J. Downing / Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Friday a reorganization of the club’s technical staff that will see Stephen Hogan become the club’s Sporting Director and General Manager and James Chambers becomes the club’s new Head Coach.

Alan McCann will also remain as part of the staff as Technical Director and Assistant Coach.

Chambers, Hogan, and McCann have spent the past three seasons with the Switchbacks’ organization, guiding the team to a 46-36-18 record and a place in the USL Championship Playoffs in all three campaigns. Chambers becomes the fifth Head Coach in club history, succeeding Hogan.

“I am extremely grateful to the Ragain family and the organization as a whole for this wonderful opportunity,” said Chambers. “As a staff, we have looked to retain and bring in new players with the qualities and characteristics that we value as a club. We are all looking forward to getting on the pitch and starting to work towards our goals for 2024.”

Chambers joined the Switchbacks after a 16-season career as a player and one season coaching with the Philadelphia Union Academy. The Dublin, Ireland native played in the Championship for Bethlehem Steel FC, becoming a mainstay in the starting lineup as he recorded 126 appearances and 18 goals.

The former midfielder tasted success during his spells with Shamrock Rovers and St. Patrick’s Athletic in his native Ireland, where he won a Premier Division title, FAI Cup, two EA Sports Cups, a Setanta Sports Cup, and a President’s Cup. He also made the Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland Team of the Year in 2012 and 2015. After retiring as a player in 2019, he continued his post-playing career rise as a coach, being named a full-time coach for the Philadelphia Union Academy.

“We are very excited to power-up 2024 by promoting James Chambers and Stephen Hogan starting today,” said Switchbacks President Nick Ragain. “James has been a strategic leader on staff for years and Stephen is skilled at aligning players, staff, and infrastructure. This promotion will help the Switchbacks compete on and off the field and take Colorado Springs to the next level.”

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