Interim No More – Schantz Named Head Coach of Rising FC

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Account temps need not apply, Rick Schantz is off the market. Just five days after the USL Championship game, ownership acted swiftly and removed the interim label from the man who took over on June 10th and almost pulled off the title. “It has been the greatest learning experience of my career to serve among the stellar coaching staff at Phoenix Rising FC,” said Schantz. “I appreciate the confidence in me shown by the team’s owners, administrators, players and fans, and am incredibly honored to be named Head Coach of Phoenix Rising FC>”.
Schantz joined the Phoenix Rising FC coaching staff as an assistant coach on January 9, 2017. Prior to joining the club, Schantz was the head coach for former Premier Development League club FC Tucson

Media personality Brad Cesmat first rose to fame in Southern California with the launching of "The Mighty 690" all-sports radio station in the late 1980's and early 90's. Brad came to Arizona in 1993 to begin a 10-year run at KTAR Radio followed by nine years at KTVK-TV in Phoenix. Brad is the Founder/ CEO of His vision of multi platform content marketing through sports began in September of 2011. Cesmat has served on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army for the last 18 years. He and his wife Chris have four children.