February 15, 2013
HE'S IN RESERVE
Wolyniec named Red Bulls reserve team coach, player development coordinator
Add yet another former Red Bull and a fan favorite to the team's coaching staff.
|John Wolyniec became another ex-Red Bull named to the team's coaching staff.
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John Wolyniec, who scored several vital and dramatic goals for the team during his playing career, on Friday was named the Red Bulls' reserve team coach and player development coordinator.
The Staten Island native and Fordham University produce most recently was Red Bulls Academy’s Under-23 head coach.
Wolyniec joins one-team teammate Mike Petke, who was named head coach last month.
“John has been a terrific servant for this club and we are delighted to promote him,” Red Bulls sporting Director Andy Roxburgh said in a statement. “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.”
Woly, as he is nicknamed, said he was "thrilled" to join the coaching staff.
“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," he said in a statement. "I am looking forward to the new challenge and hope I can help contribute positively to the Red Bulls’ coaching staff and players.”
Wolyniec started his coaching career at Red Bulls Academy after he retired from pro soccer in 2010. He joined the staff in January 2011 as an assistant, serving mainly as an individual technical coach.
His playing career spanned a dozen years, including seven-plus seasons with the New York franchise -- with the MetroStars and Red Bulls. The only player in the club history to score in the MLS Cup final, Woly, Wolynic finished his career fifth in club history in goals scored in all competitions with 36.
Woly is tied for fourth all-time in regular season games played with 142 and scored 26 goals. As a first round draft pick, Wolyniec began his career in 1999 with the MetroStars, before enjoying stints with the Chicago Fire and the New England Revolution. The former Fordham University standout returned to the MetroStars in the 2003 season. He had best year statistically in 2004, playing in 30 games and scoring 10 goals and three assists.
He was traded to the Columbus Crew in 2005 and then to the LA Galaxy in 2006 before he rejoined for a 2007 MLS SuperDraft fourth round selection and a 2008 second round selection. In 2008, Wolyniec was instrumental in the team’s first trip to the MLS Cup final, collecting two goals and one assist and starting in each of the team’s playoff games.
In 2003, he scored one of the greatest and most spectacular goals in team history, a miraculous volley after a 53-yard air ball from Amando Guevara to give the MetroStars a 1-0 extratime win over the Columbus Crew.
In the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals in 2008, Wolyniec set up Juan Pablo Angel for the Red Bulls' lone goal in a 1-1 draw with the two-time defending champion Houston Dynamo. In the second leg in Houston, Wolyniec tallied the final goal of a 3-0 triumph.
Wolyniec earned two caps for the U.S. National Team in 2004. He was the Fordham's all-time leading scorer with 75 goals and 36 assists, was named the 1998 Atlantic-10 Player of the Year and twice led NCAA Division I in scoring.