The Missouri Comets have hired two new assistant coaches, Vlatko Andonovski and Douglas McLagan. Both are experienced indoor soccer professionals who played for previous iterations of the Comets in Kansas City.
"Having Vlatko Doug on my coaching staff just made my job a lot easier, that’s for sure," said Comets head coach Kim Roentved. "Their years of playing professional indoor soccer, along with their ability to teach the game, recruit players help lead this team into this exciting, new era is a perfect match for this organization."
The assistants will begin work immediately helping to prepare the team for the start of the Major Indoor Soccer League season on Nov. 12. The team will hold open tryouts on Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Kansas City Soccer Dome. Any players wishing to try out for the team can print out a registration form online at www.cometsindoorsoccer.com. The deadline to submit a registration is Friday, September 28th.
Some information about each coach from the press release:
Vlatko joins the Comets as Assistant Coach with an incredible soccer pedigree that includes an illustrious professional indoor soccer career as well as coaching some of the country’s finest young soccer players. Vlatko started his professional indoor career in 2000 with the Wichita Wings. In 2001, he joined the Comets, where he played until 2005, During his time with the team, he was named the Comets Most Improved Player of the Year in 2002, Defender of the Year in 2002, Comets Most Valuable Player of the Year in 2005. He was also a 2-time MISL All Star. Currently, Vlatko is Director of Coaching for Futura FC the Head Coach of the Kansas City Kings semi-professional Indoor Soccer Team. Vlatko resides in Kearney, MO, with his wife two children.
Doug attended Cardiff University in Wales, UK from 1982 – 1986 where he graduated with a BA in Human Movement Studies and Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He played all four years for the All British Collegiate team. He then came to the United States and played in the MISL for The Kansas City Comets from 1988 – 1990. When the Comets folded, Doug followed then-teammate, Kim Roentved, to play for the Wichita Wings from 1990 – 1991 in the MSL. Later that year, Doug was hired as a teacher at Blue Springs High School where he currently teaches Physical Education and works with Special Education students. His High School boys soccer team was the first ever to win a Missouri State title in 1996, and not be from the St Louis area. Doug currently resides in Lee’s Summit with his wife three kids. He coaches in the KCFC club and likes to spend his time watching his kids play soccer and following his favorite team, Chelsea.