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Red Bulls officially name Denis Hamlett assistant coach

Hamlett has coached the Chicago Fire, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Montreal Impact.

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The Red Bulls officially announced the hiring of Denis Hamlett as Jesse Marsch's first assistant coach. The hiring was originally reported by Ives Galarcep on January 15th.

Hamlett, a former player, was the head coach of the Chicago Fire in 2008 and 2009, taking over for Juan Carlos Osorio. Under Hamlett, the Fire advanced to the Conference Finals twice, but he was fired following the 2009 season.

He previously worked under Jesse Marsch as an assistant coach with the Montreal Impact in 2012. According to Marsch, "Denis is a great coach and a good man. We're excited to have him on board. His knowledge of the game and philosophy fit well with what we're trying to do here. I'm confident that he'll be a great asset to us moving forward."

Hamlett, 46, was born in Costa Rica and attended UNC Wilmington and George Mason. He played one season in MLS with the Colorado Rapids.