Although the Colorado Rapids did not make it to the MLS Playoffs, the club did very well this season - thanks in large part to interim head coach, Gary Smith.
On Tuesday, the Rapids took the name " interim" away from the job title and made Gary Smith the sixth head coach of the club.
Smith took over as coach of the Rapids during the last eleven games of the 2008 season. He helped steer Colorado into a playoff race, but was eliminated by a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake. His record since being with the club is 5-4-2, which also includes 3 away wins and an entire month of going undefeated. Before Smith's arrival, the Rapids had only won once on the road out of nine games.
Gary Smith joined the Rapids back in February of 2008, after being a player and coach in England for 10 years. Smith began his coaching career at Wimbledon FC. He then moved to Wycomb Wanderers where he started out as an assistant coach but soon became interim head coach.
Gary Smith looks to be a successful manager with the Colorado Rapids. After just barely missing the playoffs, the Rapids and new coach will be looking to have a great season in 2009.