Austin FC announces first head coach in franchise history

Josh Wolff was announced as Austin FC's first head coach on July 23. Wolff most recently worked with the USMNT.

Josh Wolff was announced as Austin FC's first head coach on July 23. Wolff most recently worked with the USMNT.

Approximately two years ahead of its inaugural game, Austin FC already has its coach.

At an event held July 23 at the historic Continental Club on South Congress, Austin's Major League Soccer franchise announced Josh Wolff as the team's first ever head coach.

"There are a lot of things that attracted me about Austin. ... That is the only job I wanted," Wolff said July 23. "Going forward it is about ... building a culture."

Wolff, 42, most recently served as an assistant for the U.S. men's national soccer team, a post he held for a year. Previously, the MLS veteran has worked as an assistant coach for D.C. United and Columbus Crew. Wolff played in the MLS for a total of 14 seasons, amassing 80 goals and 49 assists in 267 regular season games. The new Austin FC coach also made 52 appearances for the U.S. men's national team, scoring nine times.

During his time with the coaching staff at Columbus, Wolff worked under Anthony Precourt, president and CEO of Austin FC.

"We obviously have a great level of comfort with Josh," Precourt said at the announcement. "He is a rising star in the MLS. When there’s an opportunity to hire a great talent, we have to jump on it."

Team officials said Wolff will get to work with Austin FC soon, and Wolff will retain his role with the men's national team until the end of the year. Austin FC's inaugural game is set to be held in March 2021, but Wolff and team executives say they have a lot of work to do building up the team prior to the first kickoff at the McKalla Place stadium.

Precourt said the team is looking to bring in a general manager and sporting director before the end of the year, and that position would work with Wolff to sign players to build out the roster, develop the team's academy system and recruit players abroad.

"Having Josh on board probably makes the sporting director role a lot more attractive," said Andy Loughnane, president of Austin FC.
SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

2tarts Bakery co-owner Ashley Landerman’s award-winning cookies will be available in the bakery through the holiday season. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
2tarts Bakery owners mix together business savvy and love of New Braunfels

April Weilbacher and Ashley Landerman have owned and operated 2tarts Bakery in New Braunfels since July 2010.

Holiday events abound for New Braunfels residents this Christmas. (Courtesy Rudy Jimenez)
14 events to do in and around New Braunfels

New Braunfels residents can choose from a long list of holiday events.

Austin Regional Clinic has administered more than 84,000 flu vaccinations to date in 2019.
DATA: Austin Regional Clinic gave thousands of flu tests after Thanksgiving; second spike possible during holidays

Austin Regional Clinic gave more than 4,500 flu tests leading up to Thanksgiving.

Sherwin-Williams opened a second New Braunfels location Nov. 11. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sherwin-Williams opens second location in New Braunfels

The paint store also sells supplies, including brushes, rollers and spray equipment.

A Clear Springs Academy childcare center is under construction near Avery Park in New Braunfels. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Springs Academy childcare center coming soon to New Braunfels

The child care academy will focus on children ages six weeks to 12 years old.

The deliveries of precast bridge caps for the San Antonio Street bridge project are expected to cause traffic delays in New Braunfels on Dec. 11-13. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Antonio Street bridge construction deliveries to cause delays in New Braunfels

Drivers can anticipate delays near downtown Dec. 11-13.

New Braunfels City Council and the New Braunfels Economic Development Corp. are working to bring an automotive plant to New Braunfels. (Courtesy Fotolia)
City Council approves economic package to help bring automotive plant to New Braunfels

The project is expected to create more than 500 jobs by 2031.

Michael Wehman, New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief
New Braunfels Fire Department selects new assistant fire chief

Michael Wehman is a 28-year fire service veteran who most recently served as NBFD battalion chief.

Common winter allergies in Texas are caused by pollen from the Ashe juniper—also known as a mountain cedar. The tree is native to the area. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
As pollen counts rise in Central Texas, learn about cedar fever and allergy prevention

As temperatures cool heading into the winter season in Central Texas, pollen counts from Ashe juniper trees begin to climb, causing seasonal allergies referred to locally by residents as “cedar fever.”

The deadline to file for the March 2020 primary in Comal and Guadalupe counties is Dec. 9. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Comal County, Guadalupe County candidates meet Dec. 9 deadline to file for 2020 primary

A long list of candidates will be vying for elected positions in the 2020 election. The deadline to file for the March 3, 2020 primary election is Dec. 9.

The Comal County courthouse is lit up in downtown New Braunfels for the holiday season. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Comal County announces holiday closures

Comal County residents should be aware that the holiday season may affect operation hours at various county offices. In observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays, these Comal County offices will be closed or have adjusted hours:

A Subway restaurant is coming soon to The Shops at Clear Springs in New Braunfels.
Subway restaurant coming soon to The Shops at Clear Springs in New Braunfels

The restaurant will offer customizable submarine sandwiches and more.

Back to top