Riverhounds Name Ricardo Iribarren Head Coach
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced today that defender Ricardo Iribarren will assume the duties of head coach/technical director for the remainder of the 2003 season. Iribarren will remain on the master team roster; however, it is anticipated that he will remove himself from the active roster for the upcoming games. Iribarren replaces Tim Carter, who is no longer with the organization.
Iribarren will begin on the bench Saturday when the Riverhounds face the Richmond Kickers at Bethel Park Stadium at 7:35 p.m.
Carter assumed coaching duties for the Hounds on July 8, 2002. Carter's professional A-League record with the Riverhounds is 10-11-5.
Iribarren joined the Riverhounds in 2001 and re-signed with the team prior to the 2003 season. He has logged 4165 minutes in 53 appearances for the Riverhounds. He has three goals and two assists over the two and a half seasons, playoffs and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches.
In the off season, Iribarren is the coach of the Chatham College women's soccer team and an under 15 girls team with the Pittsburgh Football Club.
"This is a good chance for me to begin my professional coaching career with a great team with great players," Iribarren said. "It's up to us to make the playoffs, advance into the next round of the Open Cup and bring people into the stadium. We know we are a good team. We need to prove it to everyone else, and the only place you can prove it is on the field."
The Riverhounds have 12 regular-season games remaining and play in the third round of the Open Cup against D.C. United of Major League Soccer Wednesday at the Maryland Soccerplex at 7:30 p.m.
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