Sporting KC made further announcements about their game day coaching staff today in a press release. The team announced that assistant coaches, Kerry Zavagnin and Zoran Savic had signed new contracts with the club. At the same time, the club promoted Swope Park Rangers goalkeeping coach, Alec Dufty to the same position with Sporting KC, taking over the position vacated by John Pascarella as he leaves to take over the Des Moines Menace of the PDL.
Zavagnin continues his long running tenure with Sporting KC, having been with the club since 2000 when Sporting KC drafted him in the Superdraft (at the time the Superdraft included the ability to draft players who were in the US minor leagues as well). After a nine year playing career with KC, where he became the club's all-time leader in appearances, starts, and minutes played, Zavagnin jumped right into the coaching ranks, becoming an assistant under Curt Onalfo in 2009. He continued as an assistant under Peter Vermes after Onalfo was fired mid-way through the 1999 season. Zavagnin has been a part of all six of Sporting KC's trophies in their history, from the 2000 MLS Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup, to 2015's US Open Cup.
Savic is also a staple in the Kansas City soccer scene, having been a player and a coach for the Kansas City Comets indoor soccer team back in the 1980's and 1990's. After a stint as an assistant with Chivas USA under Preki and as an analyst on the Kansas City Wizard broadcasts, Savic joined Vermes' staff when he took over as head coach.