Former Mason Standout Named Interim Head Coach of Chicago Fire

Posted: June 27, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Former George Mason men’s soccer standout Denis Hamlett, BS ’92, has been named interim head coach of the Major League Soccer (MLS) team Chicago Fire.

Hamlett, in his 10th season on the bench for the Fire, takes over for Dave Sarachan, who was relieved of his coaching duties after the Fire started the season 1-6-1.

Hamlett, an All-CAA and All-Region athlete as a senior with the Patriots, was the 12th overall selection in the league’s inaugural 1996 draft. He started 31 of the Colorado Rapids’ 32 games that year and was named the team’s BIC Tough Defender of the Year.

Hamlett has been a member of the Chicago Fire coaching staff since the team’s inaugural season in 1998. In 2001, he was promoted to the top assistant’s position, and he serves as the team’s community relations liaison. Before being named interim head coach, he was in his third year as head coach of the Fire’s MLS Reserve Division Squad, which was 9-9-5 over its first two seasons.

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