by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, MO

Three days after naming a St. Louis indoor soccer legend as Head Coach, the St. Louis Ambush tapped another legend to be the team’s Goalkeeper Coach. Former Ambush goalkeeper Jamie Swanner has joined the club as Goalkeeper Coach, CEO and General Manager Andrew Haines announced today.

Swanner has played for the St. Louis Ambush, Canton Invaders, Buffalo Blizzard and Kansas City Attack in a career that spanned 16 seasons. He was instrumental in the Ambush capturing the 1994-95 NPSL Championship. Jamie was Head Coach of the Ambush for the 1999-2000 season. Swanner was owner and Head Coach of the St. Louis Illusion (PASL-Pro) from 2008 to 2010. In 1997, Swanner became an assistant coach with both the Duchesne High School and Lewis and Clark Community College teams.

Prior to turning pro, Swanner was a member of the 1984 US Olympic Team and the 1984 US National Team. Swanner attended Southwest High School in St. Louis. After graduating from high school, he was a goalkeeper on Clemson University’s men’s soccer team. In 1983, his senior season, he earned first team All American honors and was named the ISAA Goalkeeper of the Year. He also lettered in baseball at Clemson in 1983.

“When you have the chance to add someone to your coaching staff who has Jamie Swanner’s expertise and experience, you go for it. We have taken some major positive steps this week to improve this team,” Haines said, “The addition of Jamie Swanner is the next step in the improvement of the team.”

Swanner is ready to go to work. “I am excited to have this opportunity to join Tony’s staff and bring my 17 years of experience to the table,” Jamie said. “It sounds cliché, but the fans here in St. Louis have always brought the best out of me and I hope that I can assist in bringing the best out of the great talent we have here already.”

Glavin is pleased to have Swanner join his coaching staff. “Great to have Jamie as part of my coaching team, I am looking forward to working with him. He will be a huge asset not only helping me but imparting his knowledge on our goalkeepers,” Glavin said.

Glavin, Swanner and Assistant Coach Freddy Moojen will have their first test this Saturday, December 19 when the Ambush visit the Cedar Rapids Rampage at 7:05 p.m. at the US Cellular Center. The next Ambush home game is slated for Sunday, December 27 at 5:35 p.m. when they host the Milwaukee Wave at the Family Arena.

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