John Wolyniec Wins 2016 USL Coach of the Year

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

New York Red Bull II head coach John Wolyniec can add another trophy to the case in 2016, winning the USL Coach of the Year.

Wolyniec took New York Red Bull II to a record breaking season before taking the team all the way to the USL Championship.

“I feel like I have a nice, even-keeled personality that allows me to be both honest with players, but at the same time encouraging of players,” said Wolyniec about his coaching style. “I feel like I tick off a lot of the boxes that you would want in coach that says, ‘all right, I’m going to take this player from A, to B, to C.’ I enjoy it, and anything you enjoy doing you got at with passion and hard work, and usually you’re successful.”

John Wolyniec was appointed head coach of New York Red Bull II before the 2015 season, making him the team’s first coach. Both seasons have seen New York not only qualify for the playoffs but grab victories as well. 2016 saw the team go all the way and win in dominating fashion at Red Bull Arena, becoming the first Red Bull team to raise a league title on either the senior or reserve levels.

NYRB II set single-season records in wins with 21, points with 69 and goals with 61. The team also conceded the fewest goals ever in a USL season, proving their defensive dominance. Several players have also taken the step up to the MLS roster from his reserve side including Aaron Long, Tyler Adams and Derrick Etienne Jr.

2016 USL AWARDS:

Goalkeeper of the Year: Mitch Hildebrandt (FC Cincinnati)
Defender of the Year: Aaron Long (NYRB II)
Coach of the Year: John Wolyniec (NYRB II)
Rook of the Year: TBA on Nov. 3
Most Valuable Player: TBA on Nov. 4