Austin FC has its first head coach.
The club announced Tuesday that Josh Wolff has been named Austin's inaugural manager. The 42-year-old is currently an assistant coach of the Gregg Berhalter men's national team staff in the USA. UU., A position he has held since December. Previously, he had been Berhalter's assistant coach with Columbus Crew SC since 2014-18.
– Austin FC (@AustinFC) July 23, 2019
"Josh Wolff is a rising star in the ranks of our league coaches, and on behalf of Austin FC, we are delighted to have achieved a head coach with the exceptional character of Josh and his vision for football to lead our Club ", the president and CEO of Austin FC, Anthony Precourt in a sentence. "Josh's history as a player and coach has prepared him for this day. When we previously worked together, his teams qualified for the playoffs four out of five years, played in two of the last four Finals of the Eastern Conference and won a Championship of the Eastern Conference in 2015 with an attractive, attacking and possession-oriented style of play. This makes Josh the right person to bring Austin FC to even greater success. "
Austin FC will join the MLS in 2021, becoming the 27th franchise in the league after Inter Miami and Nashville SC join in 2020. Interest is high in Austin, as the club scored an MLS record last month. with the highest number of season ticket membership deposits. Insured in a single day.
"It is a great honor to join Austin FC and begin the process of turning the Austin team into a world-class club for all Austin to enjoy," said Wolff. "My family and I want to thank Anthony Precourt for giving us this incredible opportunity to be part of this amazing city and this extraordinary company."
Congratulations to Josh Wolff for the new opportunity with @AustinFC.
Will continue as #USMNT assistant coach for the rest of 2019. https://t.co/JRznwVFNS3
– United States Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 23, 2019
Wolff will remain at Berhalter's staff at USMNT until the end of the year. A search for replacement is underway.
"I'm excited for both Josh and Austin FC," said Berhalter. "His continued development as a coach, his hard work and his dedication to his trade have certainly provided him with this opportunity. The attention to detail and meticulous preparation are qualities that will help him succeed on and off the field. It will be a great asset for Austin FC and his football community, and we all wish him the best of luck. "
A leading United States forward between 1999 and 2008, Wolff played on the 2002 and 2006 World Cup teams after making his name with the Chicago Fire and the Kansas City Wizards. He finished his career as a player with DC C. United in 2012 and worked on Ben Olsen's staff in the capital city before moving west to join Gregg Berhalter in Crew SC before the 2014 MLS season.