(LAWRENCE, KS) Kaw Valley FC is excited to announce the technical and support staff for the 2018 season. The elite level pre-professional soccer team located in Lawrence and Topeka, KS will be led by head coach and technical director, Istvan Urbanyi. Urbanyi is joined by assistant coaches Tato Chiaparro, Kristof Urbanyi, Gordon Temple, Colin Wylie, and Patricio Rosas. Jamie Blackim, ATC of LMH Health will serve as the Cranes Head Athletic Trainer.
“This is a very unique opportunity for our players to have ex-college players along with current coaches on staff,” Head Coach Istvan Urbanyi said. “This staff was assembled to meet the special needs of this group of elite level college age players. For me, it will be very special to work with all the coaches as their skill set is perfect for this team.”
Head coach Istvan Urbanyi holds the highest UEFA coaching license, the UEFA PRO, and has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sports Sciences from Semmelweis State University in Budapest, Hungary. Urbanyi has played over 400 professional matches in Hungary, France, and the United States, and was the first Hungarian international soccer player signed by MLS in 1997 to the San Jose Clash.
After becoming a two-time Hungarian Champion and Hungarian Cup winner, Urbanyi joined Hungarian National Television and worked as a host, commentator, reporter, and match analyst for World Cup and Euro cup matches. He also became the President and Director of the Hungarian Professional Football Players Association for several years.
In 2014 he became the Sporting Kansas City Academy Head Coach for U18 and U16 squads. Following, he returned to Hungary to become the Head Soccer Coach for Gyirmót FC Gyor in the Hungarian 1st Division from 2016 to 2017. Currently, he is the Associate Head Coach for Men’s Soccer at UMKC in Kansas City, Missouri. In all, Urbanyi will bring over 30 years of extensive experience to Kaw Valley FC.
Tato Chiaparro, from Sao Paolo, Brazil served on the staff for the men’s soccer team at UMKC and is the Director of Coaching for the Brookside Soccer Club. Chiaparro played for two years for the UMKC Roos where he was a two-time All-WAC selection player. Before playing at UMKC, he was an All-American at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois.
Kristof Urbanyi played soccer for NCAA Division II Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. During his time at the Academy of Art University, he was the record holder for most points (goals and assists) and most game-winning goals in school history. He is currently a Graduate Assistant Coach at UMKC in Kansas City, Missouri.
Gordon Temple currently serves as a Premier coach for Sporting Kaw Valley and as an assistant coach for the Baker University soccer team. Before beginning his coaching career, Temple played for Iowa Central Community College and then Ottawa University. He has also been involved with the Kansas Olympic Developmental Program and the Sporting Kansas City Academy U12 Region Pool.
Colin Wylie also serves as a Premier coach for Sporting Kaw Valley and is currently on the coaching staff for Ottawa University. Wylie has also been involved with the Kansas Olympic Developmental Program and was on the staff at Neosho Community College. As a player, Wylie was a four year lettermen, earning First and Second Team All-KCAC at midfield. He was also named to the 2000-09 Ottawa University Men’s Soccer All-Decade Team.
Patricio Rosas has an extensive playing background, competing for the Adrenaline Futsal of the Major League Futsal USA and he was captain of the Grand Canyon Intramural Soccer Competitive Division I team. Rosas also played for Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and continued on as an assistant coach for the men’s team. Rosas later became an assistant coach with the women’s soccer team at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Currently, he is on staff for Ottawa University.
Jamie Blackim, ATC is an athletic trainer with LMH Health. She has experience in athletic training with Washburn University, Lawrence High School, and the Hutchinson Monarchs. She graduated from Washburn University and is a member of the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society and National Athletic Trainers Association.
Kaw Valley FC begins play on their inaugural Premier Development League season on May 18th in Chicago, Illinois. Home matches begin May 25th at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, KS and will also be played in Topeka at Washburn University and Hummer Park. More information about the team can be found at kawvalleyfc.com.