A chance to build a new pro soccer franchise from the start was too good an opportunity for the new Colorado Springs coach to pass up.
Steve Trittschuh, whose roots around the nation and in Colorado run deep, was announced as the first coach of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club, the local entry into the USL Pro league in spring 2015.
Terms of the 3?-year contract were not disclosed as per club policy. The team is owned by Ragain Sports.
"I had other opportunities in pro soccer but after I met the Ragains I felt very comfortable and liked their business plan," Trittschuh said after Tuesday's press conference. "I will be getting out and see as many college players as I can over the next 12 months."
The 48-year-old Illinois native played a part in U.S. soccer history as a defender, and competed on the 1988 Seoul Olympics team and the 1990 World Cup squad that reached the international tournament for the first time in 40 years.
He was also the first American to play in the European Cup (Sparta Prague, 1990-91) before seven years in Major League Soccer including the 1997 Colorado Rapids. He served as a Rapids assistant from 2001-06 and won an MLS reserve title.
Since then, he coached youth clubs around the state and was named as a member of the Colorado Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame.
"He brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships to our club that will attract talented young players and help us compete," club president Nick Ragain said.
Trittschuh said he plans to use his Colorado connections to find the best in-state players available who are eager to prove themselves. Most players in the developmental league will range in age from 18 to 25.
Average ticket prices are expected to be $15 with the first open tryouts expected in late fall 2014 and early 2015.