Tim Howard was named the Memphis 901 FC Sporting Director on January 8, 2020.
James Roeling was officially named Assistant Sporting Director on January 8, 2020.
Ben Pirmann was named Memphis 901 FC Assistant Coach on December 13, 2018.
Pirmann arrives in The Bluff City after spending six seasons as the head coach of Detroit City FC in the National Premier Soccer League and eight seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Michigan State University.
As head coach of DCFC, which boasts one of the largest fan bases in all of North America, Pirmann went 49-17-17, won a regular season title in 2013 and a Midwest Region championship in 2017, and helmed the club to three playoff appearances and two runs in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. His club took USL foe Louisville City FC to penalty kicks and then-USL side FC Cincinnati to extra time in the second round in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
At Michigan State, Pirmann and the Spartans reached the Elite Eight four times in six seasons from 2013-18, one of just two programs in the nation to do so, and appeared in the 2018 College Cup as one of the final four teams in the nation left playing. Pirmann was named the National Top Assistant Coach by College Soccer News in both 2016 and 2017.
Chris Collins was named Memphis 901 FC’s Strength and Conditioning Coach in January 2019.
In his current role, Chris leads design, implementation and analysis of individual strength and conditioning programs for team members in an effort to enhance performance and minimize risk of injury. A trusted adviser to the head coach and training staff, Chris assists with identifying goals, growth opportunities and key performance indicators for player development, and serves as an ambassador to the local community.
Outside of his work with Memphis 901 FC, Chris has been a personal trainer at Life Time Fitness since 2011, helping clients achieve a wide range of health and fitness goals both in-person and online. Individuals and companies looking to lead healthier lifestyles have turned to him for help with meal planning, weight loss, strength training, corrective exercise, corporate wellness strategies and athletic performance. Notably, Chris has trained professional athletes including Memphis 901 FC minority owner and United States Men's National Soccer Team soccer star Tim Howard.
Chris has three certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM): Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist, and has worked with top strength and conditioning coaches such as Joey Diosalvi, Kolby Tullier and Steve Hess. He received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Tennessee State University where he played football and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Memphis, where he earned a Master's of Science in Health Promotion.
When Chris is away from the training room, he enjoys spending time with family and venturing around Memphis or visiting one of his favorite getaway cities such as Nashville, New Orleans and Denver.