Coaching & Technical Staff
Former Major League Soccer goalkeeper Jeff Cassar joined the Real Salt Lake technical staff on May 24, 2007, exactly three weeks after his former teammate Jason Kreis assumed the head coaching duties for Real Salt Lake. He was promoted to RSL Head Coach in December 2013, eight days after the departure of Kreis to New York City FC.
Under Cassar and the entire RSL Technical Staff, goalkeeping and defensive performances at Real Salt Lake have established new standards for Major League Soccer. The 2010 season was a record-setting campaign, as the RSL goalkeeping contingent of Nick Rimando and Kyle Reynish allowed just 20 goals across 30 league games –surpassing the previous low of 23 season matches. Rimando was recognized as an MLS All-Star for his work with Cassar, and was one of three finalists for 2010 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Reynish shone well for a young player in his limited Open Cup, regular-season and CONCACAF action spelling Rimando, a testamentto the manner in which Cassar’s experience deftly guides netminders at various career stages.
Cassar has been involved in Major League Soccer since the league’s inception in 1996, spending 11 seasons between the posts for three squads from 1996-2006 before retiring to become FC Dallas’s goalkeeper coach in January 2007. During his career with Dallas (1996-97, 2003-06), Miami Fusion FC (1998-2001), and the MetroStars (2002), Cassar made 79 appearances (76 starts), posting a 1.76 goals against average, a 28-36-10 record, and recording 13 shutouts. Prior to his entry into the college and professional ranks, the Michigan native appeared numerous times for the U.S. U-18, U-20, and Olympic National Team programs.
Mr. Cassar also appeared in five MLS Cup Playoff contests while with the Fusion and helped a pair of squads – the 2000 Fusion and 2005 FC Dallas teams – reach the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final. In addition to his MLS experience, Mr. Cassar also spent time with English sides Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers following the 2002 season before returning to Dallas in the summer of 2003.
Mr. Cassar is also intimately linked to several Real Salt Lake personalities, both past and present. On top of his Kreis connections, Mr. Cassar competed for playing time in Miami with current RSL General Manager Garth Lagerwey as well as current RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando. During his second stint with Dallas, Mr. Cassar would become teammates with former RSL netminders D.J. Countess and later, Scott Garlick.
Mr. Cassar resides with his wife, Jennifer, in Sandy, UT, and has three children – daughters Sloan and Dylan and son Luke.
Jeff was named RSL's 3rd head coach on December 18, 2013 after the departure of Jason Kreis.
An RSL midfielder from 2005-2011, Andy Williams served as the Claret-and-Cobalt’s Head Scout in 2012 and 2013. The former Jamaican international relinquished his full-time scouting duties to become an assistant coach in January 2014, joining Head Coach Jeff Cassar’s staff. At the start of the 2014 season, Williams is 10th all-time in MLS history with 332 regular season appearances and ninth in league history with 86 regular season assists. Williams – who played with 11 players on RSL’s current roster – will serve as the team’s main midfielders coach.
A longtime MLS defender, Waibel joined RSL in January 2014 after spending 2013 as an assistant coach at the University of Washington. The five-time MLS Humanitarian of the Year made 156 career appearances across 11 seasons in MLS, playing most of his career in Houston. He won MLS Cup four times as a player, first with the 2002 LA Galaxy, then with the 2003 San Jose Earthquakes and with the 2006 and 2007 Dynamo. An assistant coach at the University of Michigan in 2012, Waibel coached RSL-AZ Academy product Danny Gavin at Washington. He will serve as the club’s main defenders coach.
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. Before turning to coaching, the Springfield, Illinois native spent 14 years in professional soccer, including six seasons with Major League Soccer’s Dallas Burn. Eck played alongside Cassar and RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey while at the Dallas club, and helped lead the Texas side to the U.S. Open Cup Championship crown in 1997.
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. Eck will serve was the club’s main forwards coach.
A longtime MLS goalkeeper coach, Shore joined Real Salt Lake as Goalkeeper Coach in January 2014. Prior to joining RSL, Shore served as head coach of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, coaching the NASL club from 2010-2013. Shore was goalkeeper coach at the Chicago Fire from 2000-2010, overseeing a pair of All-Star goalkeepers in the Windy City in Zach Thornton (2000, 2001, 2003) and Henry Ring (2004), as well as the 2008 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in Jon Busch. Shore helped lead Chicago to the 2000, 2003 and 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup crowns, the 2003 MLS Supporters’ Shield and an appearance at MLS Cup 2003. Additionally, Shore trained RSL Head Coach Jeff Cassar and RSL GM Garth Lagerwey in the offseason during their MLS playing careers and was with the Fire while Andy Williams played there in 2003 and 2004.
Dan Barlow is the longest-tenured member of the RSL Technical Staff, hired two months prior to former Head Coach Jason Kreis as the team’s Head Fitness Coach. Barlow has transformed RSL into one of the fittest clubs in MLS, taking advantage of the home venue’s altitude and managing player fitness under the demands of the long domestic season and grueling international travel.
Under Barlow’s evolving technique and guidance, RSL players see their fitness routines and nutritional intakes constantly monitored, even during the brief offseason between campaigns. In season, weights, resistance and aerobic programs are installed to ensure peak performance during the long and often arduous MLS season, which usually sees RSL also competing in concurrent tournaments, such as CONCACAF Champions League and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Mr. Barlow’s decade of expertise includes the development of training and conditioning programs for professional athletes and teams, in addition to designing college, corporate, and in-home fitness facilities. Prior to his consultation services, Mr. Barlow spent three years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Univ. of Maryland, where he worked with a wide variety of athletes, and three years as the Terrapins’ Graduate Assistant for Fitness.
Mr. Barlow earned his Masters degree in Exercise Physiology at the Univ. of Maryland, one of the Nation’s Top 10 Kinesiology programs, and also holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Bethany College. Barlow resides with his wife, Laura, daughter Ellianne in Cottonwood Heights.
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.
Kevin Christen joined Real Salt Lake as a new staff member in 2011, working closely with players, doctors, coaches and other medical staff to provide all the medical care and rehabilitation services they require. The South Jordan, UT, native joined RSL from United States Speedskating, where he worked as Head Athletic Trainer for the National Short Track Team. Christen also worked with various teams and institutions through Sports Med Utah, including Odyssey Dance Company and surrounding dance companies. Along with Head Athletic Trainer Tyson Pace, Christen and Real Salt Lake won the 2013 MLS Athletic Training Staff of the Year award.
Certified as an ATC in 2008, Christen earned a Masters in Sports Medicine from University of Utah, focusing on the Utes Baseball Team. Mr. Christen was married in September of 2002 to his wife Brooke and the couple currently resides in South Jordan, Utah, with their two daughters Ella Grace and Lola Faith.
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.
Fall is (shocking!) no longer single and resides in Holladay.
One of the most dedicated members of the RSL front office, Salvador Perez became the Claret-and-Cobalt Team Administrator in 2013 after spending four years as the team's Manager of Hispanic Marketing and Sales. As Team Admin, Perez oversees and executes all logistics surrounding the team, including training and travel schedule, road accomodations and various front office interactions for the technical staff and players. Perez attended the Colegio Latinoamericano in his native Mexico City, Mexico.
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 triumphantly returning in the 2014 preseason. Loved by all and hated by more, Harter served as Dallas' Kit Man for 10 years before moving to Salt Lake in '07.