Tim Weaver - Team Administrator
Kevin Harter - Equipment Manager
After a lengthy and successful career on the field in MLS and one season on the bench as an assistant coach, Craig Waibel was named Technical Director for Real Salt Lake on December 16, 2014.
A longtime MLS defender, Waibel made 156 career appearances in 11 MLS seasons, playing most of his career with the Houston Dynamo. He won MLS Cup four times as a player, first with the 2002 LA Galaxy, then with the 2003 San Jose Earthquakes and finally in back-to-back seasons with the Dynamo in 2006 and 2007. During his 12 years as a professional, he played with the Seattle Sounders (A-League, 1999-2002), Colorado Rapids (2000), LA Galaxy (2001-2002), San Jose Earthquakes (2003-2005) and Houston Dynamo (2006-2010).
After retiring in 2010, Waibel moved into the coaching ranks, starting as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan in 2011 before spending two seasons at the University of Washington in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, he came to RSL and served as the club’s main defenders coach, leading the defensive core to a top-three finish in MLS with 39 goals allowed.
In addition to his success on the field, Waibel was also named MLS Humanitarian of the Year five times in his career. While with the Dynamo, he started Waibel’s Warriors and the Bald is Beautiful campaign to raise funds for Curing Children’s Cancer Fund and regularly visited the Texas Childrens Hospital Cancer Ward, ensuring that his time spent in Houston would be remembered as much for the incredible work off the field as it was for the championships he won on it.
The former New York Red Bulls and D.C. United star joins the Monarchs as the club’s second head coach after being unveiled on December 22, 2016, replacing the promoted Real Salt Lake Assistant Coach Freddy Juarez. Petke began his post-playing career by becoming the Manager of Business Operations for the Red Bulls before being hired as the club’s head coach in January of 2013. In his first season at the helm, Petke lead the Red Bulls to their first major trophy by winning the Supporters’ Shield on the final day of the season. A year later he led the Red Bulls to another successful season, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, eventually falling short to the New England Revolution by a single goal. Petke boasted a career coaching record of 30-19-19 carrying with him a 41% win percentage before being let go by the Red Bulls in January of 2015. Petke has involved himself in the soccer community in several facets before coming to Salt Lake, including being a color commentator for ONE World Sports and Director of Coaching for the New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association.
Petke played an extensive career in Major League Soccer playing the entirety of his career in the US for the New York Metrostars, D.C. United, Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls. Petke won MLS Cup with D.C. United in 2004 with current RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Appearing a total of 351 times in his career, Petke scored 16 goals and earned two caps with the United States National Team. The Long Island native brings a new standard for Real Monarchs and a bright future of the organization.
A former MLS and USMNT forward, Ted Eck joined Real Salt Lake in August 2014 after spending three years with the LA Galaxy Academy, coaching the Under-14 and Under-12 teams. He moved into his current role as Director of Video Analysis following the 2016 season. Before turning to coaching, the Springfield, Illinois native spent 14 years in professional soccer, including six seasons with Major League Soccer’s Dallas Burn.
Before his stint in MLS, Eck spent an extensive period of time in indoor soccer, becoming a significant presence on the U.S. Futsal Team from 1992-99. Eck earned fourteen caps with the U.S. Futsal Team and helped lead the Americans to a second-place finish in the 1992 FIFA Futsal World Championship. The forward also spent years in the Canadian Soccer League and American Professional Soccer League, leading the CSL in scoring in 1989 and winning the APL Championship in 1993. On the international level, Eck has represented the U.S. Men’s National Team, making total of 13 appearances for the U.S. between 1989 and 1996. The forward helped the Stars-and-Stripes win the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991 – the first-ever edition of the tournament.
Marshall joins Real Salt Lake's staff in 2015 after 15 years in Major League Soccer as a player for five different clubs from 1998-2012. During his career he won MLS Cup twice, Supporters’ Shield twice and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times. He ranks 10th on the league’s all-time list for games played, logging 337 career appearances with the Colorado Rapids (1998, 2011-12), Miami Fusion (1998-2001), LA Galaxy (2002-07), Toronto FC (2007-08) and Seattle Sounders FC (2009-2010).
In addition to his lengthy professional career, Marshall was also a fixture with the Jamaican National Team from 2000-2010, captaining the team in stretches on his way to 83 career caps.
Since retiring following the 2012 season, Marshall has worked extensively with youth soccer development in Lexington, Kentucky, and coached in the Premier Development League with the Derby City Rovers in 2014, serving as Head Coach and Technical Director.
The Real Monarchs first head coach, Juarez joined the staff of Real Salt Lake as an assistant coach on December 6, 2016. Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico he began his playing career with the El Paso Patriots from 1998 to 2003 appearing 133 times while scoring 3 goals. In 2004 he moved to the Minnesota Thunder, appearing 89 times from 2004 to 2007 while scoring 3 goals.
Juarez is a familiar face within the organization by first directing the Real Salt Lake Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona, prior to being named the head coach of the Monarchs. As head coach of the Monarchs he guided a total of 60 games, narrowly missing the USL playoffs in 2016 all while developing several young RSL players on the competitive USL stage.
Mark Briggs joins the RSL staff after two seasons as the head coach of the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL. Briggs signed as an assistant coach on November 22 2016. Briggs began his playing career with West Bromwich Albion in England before moving to Danish soccer. After two seasons in Denmark, Briggs moved back to England after being signed by Notts County before playing for several lower division teams throughout England and Wales. Moving to the United States in May of 2008 he made his playing debut in the USL Premier Development League with the Kalamazoo Outrage leading the team to the PDL finals the same year. Briggs played for the Wilmington Hammerheads beginning in 2009 and again from 2012/13 after short loan stints in England and the USL with the Charleston Battery.
RSL became familiar with Briggs after Wilmington visited the Wasatch Front on June 14 in a U.S. Open Cup tie. RSL eventually won the game in a penalty shootout after a tightly contested match that saw Wilmington control a large portion of the match much to the credit and guidance of Briggs.
An RSL original, Williams joined the staff of Real Salt Lake as the head scout after playing seven seasons with the club. Before hanging up his boots in 2011,the Jamaican international appeared 97 times for his country scoring 20 goals while appearing 189 times in an RSL jersey scoring 14 times. Williams has played for five other MLS sides before joining RSL in 2005, bringing with him a wealth of experience to the Wasatch Front.
Williams first joined the staff of Real Salt Lake as an assistant coach when then-head coach Jeff Cassar was appointed in 2014. Williams now serves as the club’s head scout and has played an integral part in the signings of several RSL players, including playmaker Albert Rusnák.
Hoffard previously spent two seasons as the goalkeeping coach for the New York Red Bulls (MLS), including an assignment with the 2011 MLS All-Stars when they played Manchester United at Red Bull Arena. Most recently, he served as Head Coach of the Lebanon Valley College’s women’s soccer program, winning 26 games and twice advancing to the semifinal round of the MAC Commonwealth Championship Tournament in his two years at the helm. His coaching career has included stints with the U.S. Women’s U-20 and U-14 teams, the Pennsylvania Roar (MISL) and Harrisburg City Islanders (USL II), as well as collegiately with St. Bonaventure, College of Charleston, Penn and Temple. His playing career saw him play indoor and outdoor soccer with the Harrisburg Heat, Albany Alleycats, Philadelphia Kixx, and Cleveland Crunch before retiring in 2002 after two years with the Charleston Battery of the A-League. Hoffard holds a United States Soccer Federation "B" coaching license.
Tyson Pace enters his fourth full season as Real Salt Lake’s Head Athletic Trainer following a pair of full-time seasons as the squad’s Assistant Athletic Trainer via partnership with Sports Med Utah and the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. After working with the squad on a part-time basis throughout 2008, the bilingual Pace was quickly embraced inside the locker room as a key figure regarding the team’s daily fitness, weight- training and rest and recovery routines, in an effort to keep each player in optimal shape to perform at their very best throughout the grueling MLS season. Along with Assitant Athletic Trainer Kevin Christen, Pace and Real Salt Lake won the 2013 MLS Athletic Training Staff of the Year award.
Mr. Pace received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Utah, and continued his studies at the U of U to receive a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology. Prior to his stint with Real Salt Lake, Pace spent five years as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the NCAA Division I level with the Utes football and baseball programs. Pace and his wife Amy reside in Clearfield, UT, with their three daughters.
Tyler Knight’s stint as the Assistant Athletic Trainer with Real Salt Lake began in 2015 following two years as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the University of Oregon and a previous Athletic Training internship with RSL during the 2012 campaign. Knight’s soccer experience dates back to his playing days at Wallace State (2007-‘09), followed by two years as an Athletic Trainer with the University of Alabama women’s soccer program (2012-’13), and time with the Portland Timbers Academy (2014) where he designed and partook in soccer specific rehabilitation. At the University of Oregon, Knight served as the Athletic Training Coordinator for the university’s PE/Recreation and Club Sports departments. Additionally, he oversaw and assisted in the daily care and management for the Oregon Ducks football and women’s lacrosse programs.
A native of Alabama, Mr. Knight received his BS in Athletic Training and General Health Sciences with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Alabama and continued on to obtain his MS in Human Physiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training from the University of Oregon. Tyler’s relentless effort and dedication to aid in the prevention, rehabilitation, and recovery of athletes brought him back to Real Salt Lake. Knight currently holds credentials as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is also recognized as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. To supplement these specialties and his clinical practice, he is certified in Graston Technique, dry needling via the Integrative Dry Needling Institute, and holds a number of certifications from Functional Movement Systems (SFMA, FMS, and YBT). He currently resides in South Jordan, UT.
Ruggiero comes to RSL after he spent the previous eight years working on the Strength and Conditioning staff for University of Washington athletics. He was promoted to the role of Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports in May of 2012 after spending three years in the program. In addition to overseeing the Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning Staff, Ruggiero worked directly with the Husky men’s soccer and women’s volleyball and track teams. In addition to his eight years at the University of Washington, Ruggiero was a research assistant at the University of Connecticut and was an intern at both the University of Southern California and Boston College.
Howley joined RSL’s technical staff in 2017 after six years at Notre Dame. In the role as Director of Sports Science he helped devise and implement strategies for assessing and enhancing student-athlete readiness, performance and recovery as part of a comprehensive sports performance program, working closely with the men’s soccer program, among others. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Howley worked in his native Australia at the Eastern Ranges Football Club as a Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2007-2009, and then was a High Performance manager from 2009-2011.
Elliot Fall assumed new duties in 2013 for Real Salt Lake, becoming the team's first-ever Director of Soccer Operations after spending three years as Team Administrator. A native of Salt Lake City, the Judge Memorial High School and University of Utah alum worked in the RSL Communications department from 2007-09. Bringing a veritable cornucopia of talents to the job every day - including a quick wit, a font of pop-culture knowledge and an affinity for video editing - Fall’s enthusiastic attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes for the team make him an invaluable asset to both Real Salt Lake and Rio Tinto Stadium.
Kevin Harter - Equipment Manager
Kevin "K-DOG" Harter re-joined Real Salt Lake this year following a three-year hiatus. Harter previously served as RSL's Kit Man from 2007-2010 before returning in the 2014 preseason. Harter served as Equipment Manager for FC Dallas for 10 years before moving to Salt Lake in '07.