American professional soccer coach and former player Jim Curtin is the current head of the Philadelphia Union of the Major Soccer League. Born on June 23, 1979, he was brought up in Oreland, Pennsylvania.
Jim spent most of his playing career with the Chicago Fire and has now ventured into a coaching career. As his fame has increased over the year, many are curious to know about him. So, here we will be discussing some interesting facts about him.
5. Curtin Played With His Younger Brother
Curtin was born to his father, Jim Curtin Sr., and his mother. Unfortunately, many details of his childhood remain a mystery. But he grew up with his brother, Jeff Curtin.
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Furthermore, Jim Curtin’s brother Jeff is a retired soccer player. After his collegiate soccer at Georgetown University, Chicago Fire drafted him in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. The Curtin brothers played together in the defender team with the same team for two years.
Jeff played three times for the Fire scoring 1 goal before playing with D.C. United. In March 2008, he played for the team D.C. United of Major League Soccer.
4. Spent The Majority Of His Playing Career With The Same Team
Jim Curtin attended Villanova College, where he excelled in collegiate soccer. In 1997, he was named the Big East Rookie of the Year and a three-time MVP. In 2001, Chicago Fire selected him, making him the first player from Villanova to be drafted into the MLS. However, he could not be drafted until the third round of the SuperDraft that year due to perceptions that he was not athletic enough.
During the second week of the MLS season of that year, Jim made his professional debut against D.C. United. After joining the Chicago fire, he played about 200. He was named 2004 MLS All-Star and the March of Dimes/Comcast Athlete of 2005.
Having spent most of his playing career with the same team, Curtin was traded to Chivas USA on February 7, 2008. The team waived him on January 26, 2010.
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3. Head Coaching For Almost A Decade
As mentioned earlier, the Pennsylvania native is the current Philadelphia Union head coach. He initially joined the team in June 2010 as a coach. Two years later, he was named assistant coach under John Hackworth. After the latter was fired due to poor results, Curtin was named the interim coach.
As an interim coach, Jim Curtin managed to make his team lose only 5 of the remaining matches of the season. As a result, on November 7, 2014, he was named the head coach. As a result, he has been the longest-serving Coach of the Philadelphia Union since it started playing.
Jim has been serving as a coach for as long as about nine years. He has compiled 137 wins, 105 losses, and 79 ties in his coaching career.
2. A Doting Father And Loving Husband
Although the Philadelphian coach is very busy nurturing a new generation of players, Jim’s Instagram shows that he makes time for his family. Away from the soccer field, he is a loving husband and a doting father to his kids.
Jim has been happily married to Jen Curtin since January 2004. Jim Curtin’s wife, whom he lovingly calls Jenny, supports his career. Likewise, the Curtin couple welcomed three children in almost two decades of togetherness.
The coach’s spouse, Jen Hartman Curtin, gave birth to their children, Ryan Marie Curtin in February 2008, Avery Claire Curtin in July 2010, and Miles Curtin in February 2012. Jim’s kids must be growing up having a wonderful time in downtown Philadelphia.
Curtin is also seen aspiring his children to be kind and humble humans while becoming a leader. Not only his children but recently, he visited St. Luke school located in Glenside to advise the children.
1. Curtin Is A Shoe Geek
Another interesting fact about the Union head coach is that he is obsessed with shoes. He admitted to owning about 250 pairs of shoes. His love for sneakers started way back in the day. Currently, he is a Nike guy.
In addition, Jim is also a big fan of Air Maxs, Jordan 1s, Jordan 4s, and any Dunks, which are his go-to shoes. Nike has also signed a contract with Curtin, because of which he is seen rocking a new pair during each game.
One of the coolest stories I’ve ever done:@PhilaUnion head coach Jim Curtin invites me over to look at his incredible, growing sneaker collection.
We talk about his favorite Jordan 1s, 4s, Air Max’s, etc.
— Pat Gallen (@PatGallenCBS3) September 29, 2022
Overall, we discussed some facts about the soccer head coach Jim Curtin. He is doing well in coaching the younger generation of soccer players and steadily gaining forward momentum in his career as a coach.