The Sounders announced today the addition of head coach Mike Petke to the roster.
He will be replacing interim coach Tim Hankinson, who will be serving a one-year contract with the team.
“The first thing I’m really looking forward to is working with Mike and the staff,” said Hankinson.
“He has a proven track record as a head coach and I know he will be a great fit for this club.”
Hankinson replaces longtime Sounders player, current US Men’s National Team and international defender, Chad Marshall, who took over for the fired Brad Evans, who left the club in May.
Hankinson was the head coach at Eastern Washington University from 2010-2014, where he led the Cougars to an NCAA Tournament berth in each of his first two seasons.
The team finished in the Final Four in his first year, finishing in the top five of the regular season.
Hankison played for the Sounders from 2008-2012, earning the Hermann Trophy as the team’s Most Valuable Player.
He was the club’s assistant coach from 2014-17.
Hankins wife, Emily, was named the 2016 Coach of the Year for the Cougar team that won the WCC title.
Hankings team finished with a 17-15-3 mark in 2016, with the Cougs winning seven of their last eight games to finish first in the WCHA.
The club finished fourth in the East Division, four points behind fifth-place Minnesota United FC.
The Sounders were 11th in the league with 15,814 fans.
Hankions tenure was cut short when he was fired following a 2-6-1 mark in two seasons in 2016.
He returned in March of 2019 to replace the fired Dave Borzello, who led the club to a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011.
Hankson spent six seasons with the US Men for the men’s national team before moving to Seattle in 2012.
In 2018, the Sounders were awarded the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where they finished with an 8-6 mark.
Hankin had one year remaining on his contract when he became the interim head coach following Evans departure in July of 2018.
Hankerson was the Sounders’ defensive coordinator from 2014 to 2017, and was the team captain for three years.
Hankino was hired as a member of the Seattle Sounders coaching staff in May of 2018, following Evans’ departure.
Hank is the second of two new head coaches hired by the Sounders this offseason.
Head Coach Mike Petkelson was hired by Seattle Sounders FC on March 9, 2018 and took over the head coaching duties for the 2017 season.
He served as the club captain for five seasons from 2007-2009, before returning to MLS as an assistant coach.
Petkelsson spent four seasons as the head of the men and women’s soccer programs at the University of Washington before joining the Sounders as a player.
He played for two seasons with Seattle Sounders.
Hank, the first Sounders head coach in nearly 20 years, will be joined by former Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers head coach, Garth Lagerwey.
Hanki was named Sounders Assistant Coach of Year in 2018 after leading the team to the Northwest Division title in 2018.
He guided the club back to the playoffs for the second time in his career in 2019, leading the Sounders to the NWSL championship.
The win gave the Sounders a berth into the quarterfinals of the 2019 NWSL Playoffs, where the team advanced to the semifinals.
Hankion, the fifth Sounders assistant coach in 17 years, was hired on June 17, 2018.
The first Sounders assistant was Jim Curtin, who served as head coach of the club from 2007 to 2017.
He spent five seasons with Portland Timbers before moving on to head coach for the Houston Dynamo.
Hankis first managerial job was with the Portland Timbers in 2013.
The Timbers reached the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2017.
The new additions to the Sounders roster will provide an injection of experience to the team, and will likely help to shape the roster as it heads into its first season under the new coaching staff.