Bringing Pro Soccer to Colorado Springs. 2015

Head Coach Announcement

The What

The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC have selected a world class head coach who has substantial international and national team playing experience, MLS championship playing and coaching experience, and a deep knowledge/experience with Soccer in the State of Colorado.

The When

Tuesday, March 11 at 4pm

The Where

St Francis Medical Center - Cafe
6001 E Woodmen Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80923

The Who

Ragain Sports Owner, Martin Ragain, will be hosted by St Franics Medical Center and COO Mark Hartman, in presenting our head coach to Colorado Springs.

Additional Details

Ragain Sports and St Francis Medical Center will provide a brief introduction and then announce our head coach.
Head coach will say a few words and then open up for Q&A.
We will have an autograph session for kids and adults with the opportunity to speak to the coach.
There will be a sound system and adequate lighting for video.

Name the Team Contest Winner: Switchbacks FC

Team Name Selected

In front of a packed crowd at Jack Quinn’s Pub & Restaurant Friday night, Ragain Sports announced that of the seven hundred submissions and votes in the Name the Team Contest

Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club

and more simply, Switchbacks FC will be the name of the new USL Pro Soccer Team in Colorado Springs slated for play in 2015.

“At the end of the day, two names drew majority fan support and of those two names, we can truly own only one name” said Nick Ragain “and we are excited to be named the Switchbacks Football Club". A switchback is a sharp turn in a road or path as it traverses a steep incline which can be seen striping Pikes Peak from virtually any location in Colorado Springs. The unique name and visual elements will provide some interesting branding opportunities to the team as it moves forward in the next branding phase of the 2014 build up year.

Season ticket deposit holders will be requested to participate in deeper discussions about logo design as Ragain Sports brings on a branding agency to hone in on the visual representations of the club.

Season Ticket Deposits

Ragain Sports is accepting Season Ticket Deposits for the 2015 Switchbacks FC season. A fifty dollar season ticket deposit will provide the following value:

  • Place you in line to select your seat locations
  • Go against your full season ticket price when selections are made available
  • Provide you a commemorative Switchbacks FC scarf for each ticket purchased
  • Select invitations to participate in team branding meetings

So purchase your season ticket deposits today!

About Ragain Sports

Ragain Sports is owned by Martin Ragain and was officially incorporated in November, 2013. Mr. Ragain has been an owner and founder of a large engineering practice based in Denver, Colorado since 1980 and has offices around the World. With the agreement reached between the USL Pro and Major League Soccer in August of 2013, it became clear that new growth is taking place in professional soccer in the United States. Ragain Sports, a family business, was created to participate in that growth.

After thorough ivestigation on where a franchise could be successfully located in Colorado, Colorado Springs became our winning location as it has both the near term infrastructure and long term vision for a sports franchise like the USL Pro to be successful.

Ragains Sports is excited to particitpate and contribute to the Colorado Springs sports entertainment culture. Our focus is to be winners in every facet of this new venture.

Planning for the Future

Prior to making a city seletion for this soccer franchise, near term and longterm venue options were critical. Sand Creek Stadium, located next to Security Service Field (home to the Sky Sox), will be our home for the near future. Currently, we are working with the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department along with a venue planner, rendering artist, and a consulting architect to determine the best avenues for venue improvements keeping event experience as a top priority for the fans.

Our goals at Sand Creek are to increase the spectator capacity, additional graded parking, staging areas for players/spectators, VIP areas, temporary concessions, increased lighting, and egress points.

Long term, our goal is to be the primary tenant in the new downtown stadium being planned as a part of City for Champions. The vision for the downtown, multi-use stadium will provide this franchise the opportunity to provide a higher level of spectator enjoyment and become a greater entertainment asset to Colorado Springs.

Job Opportunities

If you are interested in receiving updates about new job opportunities, please fill out the front office staff form for sales/marketing/event planning or the team form for coaching/playing/support. When we post a new position, you will receive an email notification and next steps if you're interested.

Franchise Award Press Conference

On December 5th, 2013, at El Pomar’s Penrose House, the United Soccer Leagues Pro division awarded Ragain Sports an expansion franchise for Colorado Springs, CO.

Tim Holt, USL President, outlined the state of league and the growth that’s taking place because of its successes and the new agreement between the USL Pro and MLS. The 2013 USL Pro Championship game was the most successful ever as it saw 20,000 spectators fill the lower bowl of the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FLA. Wonderful work done by Orlando City Soccer and the Charlotte Eagles. By 2015, the USL Pro division expects to grow dramatically as it anticipates every MLS team either affiliate or field their own USL Pro team.

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach voiced his support of the new franchise while speaking at the press conference emphasizing the need to “attract and retain young professionals”. Creating an environment of excitement, growth, and opportunity will not only attract young professionals but businesses as well. Mayor Bach went on to speak about how the City for Champions project will be a great opportunity for this franchise and others to engrain themselves in this community.

Team Owner and Governor, Martin Ragain, was the final presenter at the press conference and spoke about his dream of not only owning a sports franchise but having a family business. Mr. Ragain is the President of a successful engineering firm based in Denver with offices around the World. The opportunity to participate in a growing USL Pro league and partnering with a City that has the vision to grow via the City for Champions has allowed him to marry his passion for sports and family with a viable sports franchise.

Ragain Sports will be playing at Sand Creek Stadium adjacent to Security Service Field (Sky Sox home) for the near term with the goal of being the primary tenant in the planned City for Champions downtown stadium.

© Ragain Sports, LLC 2013