Director of Coaching

chrisAgnelloChris Agnello

Chris Agnello has coaching experience that spans three decades, thousands of professional, competitive and recreation students at pretty much every level one can coach at. 

Chris Agnello helped establish the Utah Blitzz of United Soccer Leagues. While assuming both the general manager and head coaching duties for the Blitzz franchise, Agnello led the team to five conference titles and two league championships in five seasons. In 2001, he guided the Blitzz to a D3 Pro League (now USL Second Division) championship and duplicated the feat by guiding the Blitzz to a second title in 2004.

Agnello, the D3 Pro League’s Coach of the Year in 2002, compiled a 64-21-11 regular-season record over five seasons (2000-04) with the Blitzz, with his “building-from-the-back” coaching philosophy reflected in the that fact that his team annually ranked among the league leaders in fewest goals allowed and most goals scored. 

As the chief administrator for the Blitzz on and off the field, Agnello and his staff were honored by USL as the Organization of the Year after the team’s inaugural 2000 season. Under his direction, the Blitzz consistently ranked near the top of the league in attendance, leading the Second Division in 2003 and 2004.

Agnello, who focused on coaching and sports management while earning a masters degree in exercise and sports science at the University of Utah in 1998, will be responsible for scouting; player acquisition and signings; technical, tactical and physical training of the team; development and implementation of Timbers soccer camps and clinics; and the overall business operation of the Timbers.

“The development of the game in the U.S. has come a long way in the last 10 years,” Agnello said. “However, there is still a lot to do. Having served as both GM and head coach with the Blitzz, I feel confident in building on the success of the Portland Timbers, both on and off the field.”

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Agnello has a wealth of experience with youth soccer development. In addition to his duties with Real Salt Lake and the Blitzz, Agnello was the director of Spence Eccles Field House in Salt Lake City, managing the $6-million indoor facility and directing its soccer program, which included more than 15,000 youth recreation players.

Additionally, Agnello developed the Jr. Blitzz recreation program and was the coaching director for Blitzz FC, Utah’s largest elite youth program, which has expanded to include more than 50 teams in Utah and Montana. 

As one of Utah’s top youth players, Agnello won a state championship and was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year for Utah in 1985 before earning a scholarship to play collegiate soccer for Portland’s Warner Pacific College.

He began his coaching career by winning numerous high school championships with a variety of boys and girls teams in Utah and became one of the youngest Olympic Development Program coaches, eventually ascending to the ODP regional level.

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