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Colorado Rapids appoint Chad Kolarcik as head of sports science & performance

Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced today the hiring of Chad Kolarcik as the club’s head of sports science & performance. Kolarcik becomes the second technical staff hire this week after Fran Taylor was named assistant general manager on Wednesday.

“Bringing in Chad is an important step for us as a club,” said Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager, Pádraig Smith. “Sports Science is a critical aspect of the modern game, and Chad’s work in this league speaks for itself. We’re confident he will play a crucial role in ensuring all our players reach their highest potential.”

In his new role, Kolarcik will oversee the Rapids’ medical and sports science departments, including trainers, strength and conditioning personnel and external consultants in order to create more intelligent, individually-tailored training techniques that can improve overall performance and prevent injury. In addition, Kolarcik will also be tasked with ensuring that the club is doing everything in its power to maximize the inherent advantage that comes with playing at altitude.

He arrives in Colorado after spending the past six years with Seattle Sounders FC, most recently as the head strength & conditioning coach.

Prior to joining the Sounders FC, Kolarcik worked with the strength and conditioning programs at LA Galaxy and served as a performance coach at Athletes’ Performance in Los Angeles.

Kolarcik earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics and economics from Duquesne University. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native is also currently pursuing a Master’s degree in exercise science and holds a US Soccer “D” Coaching License.

"I am beyond excited to begin this new chapter in my professional career with the Colorado Rapids,” added Kolarcik. "My focus is on creating the necessary organizational structure and putting the right processes in place to support our players’ development, both on and off the field. I am fully committed to doing everything I can to help this club bring its vision for the future to life."