Wilmington Hammerheads News Release - www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
WILMINGTON, NC -- Former Wilmington Hammerheads standout Chris Bagley will return to Wilmington for the 2009 season pending USL and USSF approval. Bagley will join the Hammerheads organization as the assistant coach as well as be a vital player on the 2009 squad.
Bagley returns to the Hammerheads after spending the past two seasons playing for the Portland Timbers of the USL First Division. During his 2007 and 2008 campaigns Bagley made an appearance in 51 games for the Timbers, where he scored three goals and recorded five assists.
Chris Bagley stated, “I had always hoped I would make it back to Wilmington before the end of my career. I enjoyed my last two years on the west coast playing for Portland in the first division but when speaking with coach Irving and Chuck Sullivan about the opportunity to come back to be a player and assistant coach it was too good of an opportunity to pass on. At 28 years old I feel I am still in the prime of my career to have success on the field.”
Hammerheads Head Coach David Irving commented, “This is a great opportunity for both the Hammerheads organization and Chris. Chris has had much success on the field during his career and we look for him to continue that this season. He has always aspired to coach and being an assistant with us will be a great start for him in the coaching ranks. Chris’s professional experience will bring great leadership to the team this season.”
Bagley played for the Hammerheads in 2002 and 2004-2006. During his four seasons with the Hammerheads he made 59 appearances and recorded 27 goals and 16 assists. During the 2006 season he was named to the USL-2 All-League First Team as well as was a finalist for the USL Second Division MVP award.
Bagley has also had stints with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer as well as the Charleston Battery and the Rochester Rhinos of the USL First Division. He graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2002 with a degree in Criminal Justice. During his collegiate career he appeared in 82 games had 71 goals and 28 assist. He is still the scoring leader for the Northeast 10 Conference with 71 goals.
“After playing now for seven years in the USL, I feel I have a very good understanding of what type of players you need to be successful and I will be working with coach Irving and the rest of the staff this offseason to find those players that can help the Hammerheads be successful on and off the field,” added Bagley.