Skip to main content

Wolyniec to Step Down as New York Red Bulls II Head Coach

photo from New York Red Bulls

With the New York Red Bulls II entering their final season in the USL Championship, one person that will not be going with them as they play in the MLS NEXT Pro developmental league in 2023 will be John Wolyniec, who announced that he will be stepping down from his position as the head coach of the club. John has been with the Red Bulls Academy/NYRBII in a coaching capacity since his retirement from playing in 2010. The sudden news has stunned both the club and supporters alike.

“I want to say thank you to the fans and club for all their support throughout the years, as a player and coach,” said John Wolyniec. “My goal was to always put this club in the best position, most importantly by creating an environment that fostered relationships with our staff and especially with our young players where we could all grow professionally and achieve the success we all chased. Now, I have a chance for myself to grow professionally and find that next opportunity that will help my coaching career.”

Wolyniec was announced as New York Red Bulls II's first head coach on March 2, 2015. He led NYRB II to a regular-season and championship title in 2016 in just the second season for the club. Wolyniec amassed an 88-75-43 record, six all-league players, the 2016 USL Defender and Rookie of the Year, and was named 2016 USL Coach of the Year.

“It was a pleasure to have been able to work with John these last two years,” said Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell. “He has done an exceptional job of not just transforming Red Bulls II, but elevating the expectations for the club. He is more than a soccer coach, and the impact he has had on these young men throughout his time here will be a positive influence for the rest of their lives.

“He was an amazing colleague to our other coaches and staff, always willing to help wherever it is needed,” said Thelwell. “I wish him and his family the very best in their next chapter.”

Over the course of his tutelage as NYRBII head coach, Wolyniec helped numerous players make the jump from the USL Championship side to MLS. Tyler Adams, Derrick Etienne Jr., Aaron Long, Jared Stroud, Florian Valot, and Brian White highlight the players he guided along their professional path from USL to MLS.

"On behalf of our organization, I would like to thank John for his unwavering dedication as a player and coach,” said Marc de Grandpr√©, General Manager, New York Red Bulls. “His commitment and class truly helped define the success of our club both on and off the pitch. I wish him and his family all the best.”

One would have to wonder if he saw the writing on the wall, now that NYRBII will no longer be competing in the USL Championship beyond next season factored into his decision to step down at the time. Regardless of the reasons, both professional and personal, he will be best remembered as the man who, under his peerless stewardship, made the program a successful destination for young soccer players looking to go professional in the NYC Metro area and in the United States.


Popular posts from this blog

Red Bulls Announce Fan Experience Improvements

by Garry Redman On top of the theme nights announced this season, something new has been added the next time the season ticket holders and supporters step inside The Cathedral... The state-of-the-art LED lighting system at Red Bull Arena will provide higher on-field light levels for enhanced visibility and safety and introduce new entertainment features that heighten the overall experience for spectators.   Built around Musco's Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology, the new system is designed to provide exceptional playability and uniformity while minimizing glare. Cleaner, whiter light will elevate the broadcast quality for fans watching around the world.  Color-changing fixtures and Show-Light® Pro entertainment technology will allow the Red Bulls to wash the stadium in different colors and synchronize light shows to music, heightening the fan experience during goal celebrations, player introductions, and other big moments. If you have no idea what this means, click here t

Rumor: Dru Yearwood to be Traded to Nashville SC

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced More trade rumors are circulating as Red Bulls midfielder Dru Yearwood is linked to a move to Nashville SC according to Tom Bogert of the Athletic . What Red Bull will receive for such a trade remains to be seen. However expectations are that the move will be finalized by the end of next week. Yearwood joined New York in 2020 from Brentford in England. Along the way he has made 86 appearances for the club, including 55 starts. In 2021 and 2022 he made 18 starts, scoring three goals and three assists, his total output for the club in Major League Soccer.  In 2023 Yearwood found his position in the club to vary greatly. At times he played in a defensive midfield role next to Frankie Amaya and other times higher up the field, almost as a second forward. After the departure of Cristian Casseres Jr. earlier in the year, it appeared as if Yearwood's minutes would increase. However Daniel Edelman stepped into the role, relegating Yearwood to more

Ex-Red Bulls Coach Gerhard Struber Shares Thoughts on MLS and Salzburg

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced Red Bull News Network had the chance to communicate with former New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber, now the manager of Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. Struber was with New York from the end of the 2020 campaign through to the early part of 2023. Along the way he secured two playoff berths, a seventh and fourth place finish in 2021 and 2022 respectively. While his time was ended abruptly in MLS, his memories of the American version of the game have helped him prepare for such a monumental task in Europe. You spent nearly three seasons in Major League Soccer with the New York Red Bulls, what did you learn from that experience that has made you a different coach at Red Bull Salzburg? Struber: In addition to the sporting aspects, there is a lot that I was able to gain from my work at New York Red Bulls. Any work in a foreign country not only brings you closer to the language, but also to the culture and mentality of the pe