Red Bulls name John Wolyniec head coach of USL side


HARRISON, N.J. – For the second time in three years, the New York Red Bulls have dipped into their past to find a solution for their present day head coaching needs.

As mentioned by EoS last week, longtime Metrostars and Red Bulls player John Wolyniec has been named head coach of the team’s USL side, New York Red Bulls II.

“I’m grateful to the organization for this opportunity,” said Wolyniec in a club statement. “NYRB II represents an important platform in our player development system. Our goal is to create an environment for our young players to have a chance to train and play in a professional setting and get meaningful minutes to prepare them for careers in MLS.”

The position is a bit of a lateral move for Wolyniec, previously serving as the head coach for the Red Bull reserves as part of his role as the Red Bulls’ Player Development Coordinator.

Wolyniec served nine years under the New York franchise as a player, splitting his time with both the Red Bulls and Metrostars. He made 142 appearances for the club, scoring 26 goals and 14 assists.

Affectionately known by players and fans as the ‘Staten Island Ronaldihno,’ or simply ‘Woly,’ Wolyniec will be joined by former Red Bull defender Ibrahim Sekagya and former Columbus Crew goalkeeper coach, Vadim Kirillov.

“We’re very excited for John,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis. “He’s served this organization well as a player and as part of the staff. He has earned this opportunity and we look forward to him leading this team and developing our young talent. John will have an important role in not only developing players within NYRB II, but his responsibilities will also include working in an integrated capacity with both our first team and academy coaching staffs.”

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