Its all happening. We can’t be an MLS team without a Coach and now we finally have our Coach. This isn’t just any MLS Coach either, Josh Wolff is a certified badass. He was a standout striker for the US from 1999-2008, appearing 52 times and scoring nine goals and five assists. He was also a member of the 2002 and 2006 U.S. World Cup team. Besides his play for the United States National team, he had a long and legendary 12 year career in the MLS. Oh, and he was also a stud youngster, winning the first ever Chevrolet/U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Award in 1998. But, if this isn’t enough street cred for you, here’s his highlight reel:
Since his playing days, he was an assistant coach for the Columbus Crew from 2014-2018 and currently is an assistant coach for the mens USNT, where he will continue to coach until the end of the year.
Obviously, Austin FC Owner, Anthony Precourt, has close ties with Wolff from Wolff’s coaching days at the Crew when Precourt was Owner. Precourt has been on the record about wanting to replicate the Crew’s playing style of using possession and player movement to disorganize opponents, utilizing aggressive fullbacks and, when it works, providing forwards with a high volume of close-range shooting opportunities. So, no surprise he would want to bring in Wolff who has five years experience of doing just that.
Needless to say, I love this hire. His introductory press conference is awesome. Coach Wolff seems pumped to be in Austin and ready for the opportunity to prove himself as a head coach. As an Austinite, I really like the idea of hiring a young coach who will have a chance to become a life long legend here in Austin. I honestly think Coach Wolff can do it too.
In the meantime, Coach, hit us up for queso and margs, our treat!