Stars coach and general manager Darren Sawatzky has signed a two-year contract extension. Terms were not disclosed. COURTESY PHOTO, Stars

Stars coach and general manager Darren Sawatzky has signed a two-year contract extension. Terms were not disclosed. COURTESY PHOTO, Stars

Sawatzky signs two-year extension with Stars

Coach, GM guided club to playoff appearance last season

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 2:31pm
  • Sports

The Tacoma Stars have signed coach and general manager Darren Sawatzky to a two-year contract extension, the club said in news release Thursday.

Per team and league policies, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Sawatzky guided the Stars to a playoff appearance following a second-place finish in the MASL’s Pacific Division in the 2017-18 season.

“Having the opportunity to work with the Tacoma Stars and build something the fans can be proud of is very humbling,” Sawatzky said. “We all appreciate the opportunity and really look forward to building on the pieces that got us into the playoffs last year. A big thank you to (team owner) Lane Smith for bringing back the Stars and giving us the reins to build a winner.”

Sawatzky’s new deal comes after the Stars locked up goalkeeper Danny Waltman for two more years, giving Tacoma two big signings in as many weeks in what looks to be a busy off-season for the Stars.

Although the schedule has not been released, the Stars return to action in December with a schedule, which has been expanded over last season. Tacoma is set to host 12 regular-season matches.

Deposits are now being taken for 2018-19 season tickets. Guarantee a seat by calling 1-844-STARS-84 or go to

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