Josh Wolff has taken the next step in his ascending soccer coaching career.
The South Carolina men’s soccer alumnus on Tuesday was named the manager of the newest Major League Soccer franchise Austin FC. The 42-year-old is currently an assistant coach on Gregg Berhalter’s U.S. men’s national team staff, a position he has held since December.
Wolff was previously had been an assistant coach with the Columbus Crew from 2014-2018.
“It is a tremendous honor to join Austin FC and begin the process of building Austin’s team into a world class club for all of Austin to enjoy,” Wolff said in a statement, per mlssoccer.com. “My family and I want to thank Anthony Precourt for granting us this amazing opportunity to be a part of this incredible city and this extraordinary undertaking.”
"Josh Wolff is one of the rising stars in coaching in the United States," South Carolina head coach Mark Berson said. "He has excelled at every level as a player from college to professional to full U.S. international in a lengthy career. He's played for some of the top coaches and coached alongside some top coaches. I can't think of a better choice to launch a franchise. Great choice Austin!"
“Josh Wolff is a rising star in the coaching ranks of our league, and on behalf of Austin FC we are thrilled to have secured a head coach with Josh’s exceptional character and soccer acumen to lead our Club,” Austin FC chairman and CEO Anthony Precourt said in a statement.
“Josh’s track record as a player and coach have prepared him for this day. When we previously worked closely together, his teams qualified for the playoffs four out of five years, played in two of the past four Eastern Conference Finals and won an Eastern Conference Championship in 2015 with an attractive, attacking, possession-oriented playing style.
“This makes Josh the right individual to lead Austin FC to even greater success.”
Austin FC will join MLS in 2021, becoming the 27th franchise in the league.
Wolff will remain on Berhalter's USMNT staff through the end of the year.
“I’m thrilled for both Josh and Austin FC,” Berhalter said in a statement. “His continual development as a coach, hard work, and dedication to his craft has certainly earned him this opportunity. The attention to detail and meticulous preparation are qualities that will help him be successful on and off the field. He will be a great asset to Austin FC and their soccer community, and we all wish him the best of luck.”
Born in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Wolff played three years at South Carolina (1995-97), where he scored 21 goals and eight assists in 43 games. He ranks 10th all-time in school history in points per game (1.16) and eighth in goals per game (0.49).
He helped the team to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and was named First Team All-Region and a Scholar All-American in 1997.