Denis Hamlett will be the Red Bulls sporting director for at least a few more years. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
HARRISON, N.J. – Denis Hamlett has been rewarded for the Red Bulls success.
The Major League Soccer team has extended the contract of its sporting director, it was announced Friday.
Terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I’d like to congratulate Denis,” Red Bulls general manager Marc de Grandpre said. “His leadership and direction have made a positive impact across our organization and paved the way for a bright future.”
Since being named sporting director in February 2017, Hamlett has filled a vacancy by naming a new director of Red Bulls Academy and restructured the club’s scouting department. The Red Bulls continue to be among the league leaders in player development, with Red Bulls Academy products and graduates of the club’s United Soccer League affiliate, Red Bull II, accounting for 42 percent of all minutes played across 21 matches this season while contributing 14 goals and 20 assists.
Hamlett put his stamp on the first team roster, re-signing key players such as Bradley Wright-Phillips, Danny Royer, and Sean Davis, and bringing in newcomers such as the club’s first Young Designated Player, Kaku, and center back Tim Parker. Hamlett also signed Michael Amir Murillo and Fidel Escobar, who are playing with their native Panama in the World Cup in Russia.
Wright-Phillips is tied for second in MLS with 10 goals, while Kaku leads the league with nine assists. Parker has solidified the Red Bulls back line as he recently earned his first cap for the U.S. men’s national team.
A native of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, Hamlett also served two years as an assistant coach with the Red Bulls. An MLS original, he retired from playing after the 1996 season and began a career that has included time as the head coach of the Chicago Fire, where he took the team to back-to-back Eastern Conference finals.