Rick Schantz

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Rick Schantz
Personal information
Full name Richard Schantz
Club information
Current team
Phoenix Rising (head coach)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Portland Pilots
Teams managed
Years Team
2011–2017 FC Tucson
2017 Phoenix Rising (interim)
2018– Phoenix Rising

Rick Schantz is an American soccer coach. He co-founded FC Tucson in 2010 and was its first head coach. He is currently the head coach of Phoenix Rising FC (albeit on administrative leave[1]) in the USL Championship.[2][3]

Coaching record[edit]

As of November 2, 2019
Team From To Record
G W L T Win %
FC Tucson October 10, 2010 January 8, 2017 110 71 22 17 064.55
Phoenix Rising FC (Interim) April 24, 2017 May 21, 2017 7 3 4 0 042.86
Phoenix Rising FC (Interim) June 12, 2018 November 13, 2018 24 15 7 2 062.50
Phoenix Rising FC November 14, 2018 present 37 25 6 6 067.57
Career totals 178 114 39 25 064.04


Personal life[edit]

Schantz is a native of Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School.[4]

Homophobia controversy[edit]

During a Phoenix Rising game with San Diego Loyal on September 30, 2020, midfielder Junior Flemmings was accused of using a Jamaican homophobic slur against the openly gay Loyal midfielder Collin Martin.[5][6] Loyal, who had been leading 3-1 up to that point, walked off the field in protest and forfeited the match.[5][6]

Video capturing an exchange between Rising coach Rich Schantz and Loyal coach Landon Donovan over the incident led to claims of Schantz telling Donovan that the incident was "part of the game,"[7] that the players were "competing,"[8] as well as accusations that Schantz tried to downplay the incident.[4] Schantz later denied such accusations, saying his words were "misconstrued,"[9] and that he was not excusing "any alleged homophobic behavior" from his players.[4]

The incident led to an investigation by USL Championship,[1] and Schantz was placed on administrative leave following the incident. Team officials, however, say Schantz's placement on administrative leave was unrelated to the investigation.[9]


  1. ^ a b "SD Loyal ask for respect for player, coach and Phoenix Rising team over homophobic slur allegation". KFMB-TV. October 4, 2020. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "USA - R. Schantz - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". au.soccerway.com. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "Rick Schantz". www.phxrisingfc.com. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Cluff, Jeremy (October 1, 2020). "Former FC Tucson coach Rick Schantz: I was 'in no way excusing' alleged homophobic slur". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Estrada, Lorenzino (September 30, 2020). "San Diego players walk off field in protest against Phoenix Rising FC, claim homophobic slur used". Arizona Republic. azcentral. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Zeigler, Mark (September 30, 2020). "San Diego Loyal walks off field after alleged homophobic slur". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  7. ^ Mendola, Nicholas (October 6, 2020). "USL Championship suspends Flemmings for homophobic slur". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Team's forfeit over alleged homophobic slur shows there's "something bigger at stake," coach Landon Donovan says". CBS News. October 2, 2020. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Phoenix Rising coach responds after player accused of using homophobic slur". KNXV-TV. October 1, 2020. Retrieved October 6, 2020.