Tony Glavin — Head Coach
A legend returned to the indoor game when Tony Glavin became Head Coach of the Ambush on December 14, 2015. “The Pocket Rocket” was a midfielder/forward for the original St. Louis Steamers from 1980 to 1985. He also began his coaching career with the Steamers, serving as Assistant Coach from 1985 to 1987 and Head Coach from 1987 to 1988. He finished his indoor playing career with the Kansas City Comets, where he was Assistant Coach from 1989 to 1990 and player/Assistant Coach from 1990 to 1991. He also served as Head Coach for the Dayton Dynamo in 1990.
In 1994, Tony founded the Tony Glavin Soccer Club in Cottleville. The club started with 11 youth teams in 1994 and has grown to over 30 teams today. In 2005, he was awarded a franchise in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (USL PDL). That franchise became the St. Louis Lions and Tony has served as Head Coach since the team’s inception. Glavin also manages the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex, a 19-acre facility with five outdoor and one indoor fields.
Glavin’s list of coaching accomplishments include developing players for high school, college, professional and National team levels. Some of the better known local players that Glavin developed are Steve Trittschuh (Steamers, Ambush, Colorado Rapids, Tampa Bay Terror, Tampa Bay Mutiny, US National Team), Ted Eck (Comets, Storm, Denver Thunder, Ambush, Wichita Wings, Dallas Burn, Dallas Sidekicks, US National Team), Kevin Hundelt (Steamers, Comets, Storm, Ambush), Chris Kenny (Steamers, Comets, Ambush), Jim Kavanaugh (Los Angeles Lazers, Steamers), Lawrence Olum (Austin Aztex, Sporting KC), Tommy Heinemann (Columbus Crew), and Steven Beattie (Toronto FC).
Glavin is a fully qualified professional soccer coach and current holder of Scottish Football Association (SFA) ‘A’ Advanced License, and USSF ‘A’ License. Glavin has been committed to youth soccer in the St. Louis Metropolitan, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County areas for over 25 years. His lifetime of soccer experience started as a youth player in Scotland. Glavin’s career started at the early age of 12 with the team Patrick Thistle in Glasgow, Scotland. He was signed to a schoolboy form and was coached through their youth development system until the age of 17. At that time he moved across the city to another famous Scottish club, Queens Park F.C. which was renowned for their highly successful youth development programs. After a short time with Queens Park, he made his professional debut in Scotland, where he competed for two seasons, playing as a regular starter in the first team in over 90 games, and making his name known in Scottish soccer and internationally.
In 1978 at the age of 19 he signed with the Philadelphia Fury of the North American Soccer League (NASL), and moved to the United States. During the three seasons and over 70 games of playing in the NASL, he earned many accolades and became a fan favorite. His explosive style of play earned him the nickname “Pocket Rocket”. In 1980, Tony came to St. Louis on a loan for one season to the St. Louis Steamers of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). At the end of the season the Steamers were able to persuade him to stay with the team, and signed him on a multi year contract. While with the Steamers he accumulated many awards, such as top goal scorer, team MVP, three time selection to the All Star team and All Star MVP.
Jamie Swanner — Assistant Coach
Jamie Swanner has played for the St. Louis Ambush, Canton Invaders, Buffalo Blizzard and Kansas City Attack in a career that spanned 16 seasons. He was instrumental in the Ambush capturing the 1994-95 NPSL Championship. Jamie was Head Coach of the Ambush for the 1999-2000 season. Swanner was owner and Head Coach of the St. Louis Illusion (PASL-Pro) from 2008 to 2010. In 1997, Swanner became an assistant coach with both the Duchesne High School and Lewis and Clark Community College teams.
Prior to turning pro, Swanner was a member of the 1984 US Olympic Team and the 1984 US National Team. Swanner attended Southwest High School in St. Louis. After graduating from high school, he was a goalkeeper on Clemson University’s men’s soccer team. In 1983, his senior season, he earned first team All American honors and was named the ISAA Goalkeeper of the Year. He also lettered in baseball at Clemson in 1983.