Searching for Hankinson's Replacement

On Tuesday, the San Antonio Scorpions dismissed Tim Hankinson; Chris Hockman looks at possible replacements
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, August 30, 2013

Defending The Fort - column on San Antonio Scorpions (SASFC) & the San Antonio soccer scene.

Well the reign of manager Tim Hankinson is over.

It's surprising but at the same time it's not. It's hard to know how to feel.

With all that in mind it's hard to know what direction the San Antonio Scorpions will head in terms of the coaching decision. It seems they have 3 basic choices of a type of coach. They can go with a 'local' coach, someone who is already active in coaching circles in Texas, they can go with the coach just looking for a chance or the coach with an impressive resume.

The 'Local' Coach: Paul Dalglish

So it may seem to outsiders as silly to name the son of Kenny Dalglish as "local" for a San Antonio club, but of course Dalglish is the coach of the PDL Championship winning Austin Aztex.

Dalglish has put together an incredible squad at the Austin Aztex, as demonstrated by the fact that they won the national championship in 2013 and Dalglish has been able to develop MLS talent.

Kekutah Manneh of the Vancouver Whitecaps was discovered by Dalglish in high school while Rookie of the Year elect Dillon Powers also came through the Aztex.

Dalglish has certainly impressed with his development skills, as he has brought plenty of talent through Austin, including the 2013 PDL MVP Khiry Shelton, and is certain to see plenty of his players picked up in the early stages of the MLS SuperDraft.

The Coach with Something to Prove: Jonathan Spencer

This will bring back bad memories for Portland Timbers fans, but John Spencer is certainly a manager looking to prove he has what it takes.

Spencer was highly regarded by Houston Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear, who he was assistant under.

While Spencer's time at Portland was not the best of his career, it is always a challenge at a new club and Portland's early squad was not the best, creating challenges for Spencer.

Beyond that, the NASL is not at all MLS standard and the expectations right now at San Antonio are low, which could help out Spencer.

The Experienced Coach: Dave Dir

In Dave Dir, the Scorpions would have something similar to what they've had with Hankinson – an experienced MLS coach that hasn't been in the professional scene in the USA.

Dir was coach of Dallas Burn for their inaugural season and ran through with them until the 2000 season, winning 84 matches and keeping him as one of the top 5 most-winningest coaches.

NEXT UP: August 31 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. Minnesota United, Toyota Field, San Antonio, Texas. TV: KSAT ABC San Antonio and NASL livestream.


Univ W. Sydney & Youthworks Coll.
Club Domestic:
Houston Dynamo, San Antonio Scorpions, Austin Aztex
Club Foreign:
Central Coast Mariners
Originally from Australia found football (or soccer as you Yanks call it) a great connection in a new country. Freelance writer since 2005 covering Australian and US Soccer. Based out of San Antonio but can regularly be seen in Houston, Austin and Dallas.