Chattanooga's new pro soccer team has a coach.

Tim Hankinson was named as the head coach of Chattanooga Pro Soccer, which is a United Soccer League Division III team.

The announcement was made Tuesday at a press conference at Finley Stadium.

“We carefully vetted and interviewed several very qualified candidates in consideration for the head coaching position for the Chattanooga pro soccer team,” team owner Bob Martino said. “Tim’s experience and approach to building a championship team coupled with his energy and leadership skills made us very comfortable with our decision. He is the right fit.”

Hankinson has coached for decades. He worked with two Major League Soccer teams, the Colorado Rapids and the Tampa Bay Mutiny, and several United Soccer League teams, the Indy Eleven and the Charleston Battery. Hankinson also led several teams to playoff appearances.

“For our soccer team and Chattanooga, we are excited to secure a head coach with top level experience in the professional arena,” Sean McDaniel, general manager and president, said. “We welcome Tim to Chattanooga to help build the professional team and create an exciting experience for our community.”

Hankinson expressed his excitement about leading the team.

“First and foremost, I am grateful and honored to be named head coach of the new Chattanooga pro soccer team,” said Hankinson. “I look forward to playing my part in building a championship team that Chattanooga and the region will be proud to support.”

The USL Division III is expected to begin its inaugural season next year with 10 founding teams, including the one in Chattanooga.

For more information, visit the USL's website.