Colorado Rapids promote Padraig Smith to interim general manager

The Colorado Rapids have made a pair of interim front office promotions in the wake of Tim Hinchey's departure from the organization, a club spokesperson confirmed to ESPN FC

Padraig Smith has been named the team's interim general manager, while Wayne Brant is now the organization's interim chief business officer. Hinchey, who was the Rapids president, left the club back on June 1 to become the CEO of USA Swimming.

Smith will oversee all aspects of the first team including oversight of the coaching and technical staff, player acquisitions, as well as domestic and international scouting. He joined the Rapids in 2015 as the team's sporting director, a role he will retain.

He previously worked at UEFA as well as the Football Association of Ireland. As sporting director, Smith had a hand in acquiring Kevin Doyle, Shkelzen Gashi, and Tim Howard as well as the drafting of 2016 Defender of the Year finalist Axel Sjoberg.

Brant will assume responsibility of all day-to-day business areas of the club, having previously served in a variety of business roles with the Rapids. He first joined Kroenke Sports Enterprises -- the precursor to Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Rapids -- back in 2007, and then eventually became senior director of fan development in 2014.

Since November of 2015, he has been the Rapids' vice president of business operations, and was instrumental in bringing the 2015 MLS All-Star Game to Dick's Sporting Goods Park.