Martin Rennie has helped turn the Carolina Railhawks into a second-division power in a less than two seasons. (Photo courtesy of NASL)

Whitecaps Hire Railhawks' Martin Rennie, To Take Over In 2012

36-year-old Carolina Railhawks coach will reportedly take over next season.

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Martin Rennie Has History Of Success At Every Stop - 86 Forever

Martin Rennie is not a known quantity. At 36 years old the newly hired Vancouver Whitecaps coach has never played or coached above the second division. For a relatively unproven commodity, though, the hiring of Rennie has so far been greeted with near universal glee in Vancouver.

Maybe that's not so surprising. Those fans are, after all, familiar with the work Rennie did last year with the Carolina Railhawks. As 86 Forever points out, he has also been successful at every stop along the way:

Skeptics will compare Rennie to the late head coach Teitur Thordarson: both men who had success in the second division but failed to thrive in the first. But Thordarson is over twenty years older than Rennie: Rennie will be the second-youngest coach in MLS behind only Ben Olsen of DC United. Rennie has also been more universally successful in the second division than Thordarson. In three years in Vancouver Thordarson led a 2008 team to a good (but not spectacular) regular season record and a championship, a 2009 team to a lousy regular season record but a timely playoff hot streak, and a 2010 team to both regular season and playoff mediocrity. Rennie's 2010 season with Carolina is superior to anything Thordarson accomplished in Vancouver and 2011 looks to be an even bigger improvement.

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Vancouver Whitecaps Hire Martin Rennie As Club's Third Head Coach

The Vancouver Whitecaps have a new head coach, only he won't be with the club until after the 2011 season. The Whitecaps appointed Martin Rennie of the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL as their next manager. 

Rennie will remain with the Railhawks until the end of the 2011 season and it will be at that point that he will take over the Whitecaps. 

Acting head coach Tom Soehn will re-focus on his role as Whitecaps FC director of soccer operations following the completion of the 2011 campaign.

"I am delighted to have accepted this new opportunity with Vancouver Whitecaps FC," said Rennie. "Vancouver has a rich soccer history, fantastic supporters, and is moving to a new state-of-the-art stadium in the fall. It is a great time to be joining this dynamic and growing organization, and I look forward to working closely with Paul Barber, Bobby Lenarduzzi, Tommy Soehn, and everyone at the club next season. I am also very thankful to the Carolina RailHawks organization and look forward to guiding them to a great finish to the 2011 NASL season."

This season with Carolina, Rennie has helped get his club to clinch a playoff spot with nine games remaining in the season. 

Rennie has had success everywhere he has coached. With Carolina he went 52-26-22 while guiding the RailHawks to the NASL Conference title and a runners-up finish in the United States Soccer Federation Division-2 Professional League (USSF D-2) finals last year. He was named a 'Coach of the Year' finalist for the fourth consecutive season.

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Whitecaps Appear Set To Hire Railhawks' Martin Rennie As New Coach

36-year-old Carolina Railhawks coach will reportedly take over next season.

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