The team announced John Wolyniec as their new Reserve Team Coach/Player Development Coordinator Friday morning. Wolyniec, a long-time New York Red Bulls player and fan favorite, was previously the Red Bulls Academy’s Under-23 Head Coach.
“John has been a terrific servant for this club and we are delighted to promote him to be our Reserve Team Coach/Player Development Coordinator,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh.
Aside from his duties with the reserves, he will also play a dual role with the first team. “Apart from his first team duties and managing the reserves, he will influence and support the work of our Academy. We believe he has the experience both as a player and coach to excel in this position,” Roxburgh added.
“I’m thrilled to join the Red Bulls coaching staff and want to thank Andy and Mike for their support,” Wolyniec said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for my career and it is an added bonus that I have the chance to work for my hometown club. I am looking forward to the new challenge and hope I can help contribute positively to the Red Bulls’ coaching staff and players.”
EoS first reported his involvement with the team during the latter part of the team’s Bradenton Training Camp.
Wolyniec, 36, is a 12 year veteran of the league, enjoying perhaps his most success with the Red Bulls over the course of seven seasons. His penchant for scoring goals in the clutch earned him a lofty status amongst the Red Bull faithful.
He finished his career fifth in club history in goals scored in all competitions with 36 and scored the only goal ever by a Red Bull player in an MLS Cup (2008).