- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 6, 2013
- 1 Comments
- Coaching Hiring, Features, Gregg Berhalter
The Columbus Crew today announced that it has named Gregg Berhalter as its seventh Head Coach in club history.
Berhalter joins the Black & Gold and also assumes the title of Sporting Director, overseeing all player personnel decisions following a club restructuring of its soccer operations. Berhalter becomes the club’s first Sporting Director, combining this role with his head coaching duties for the first time in Crew history.
He was the first American to manage a European professional club, when he was hired as the Head Coach of Swedish side Hammarby IF ahead of the 2012-2013 season. Berhalter was introduced to the sport’s technical side at 1860 Munich, where he scouted opponents for the German club from 2007-2009.
In two years with Swedish side Hammarby IF, Berhalter posted a record of 18-11-16, securing points for his club in 34 of his 45 matches as boss.
Technical Director and Interim Head Coach Brian Bliss departs the club after six seasons with the Black & Gold. In his final campaign, he served as Interim Head Coach for the remaining eight matches of 2013 after assuming the position on September 2, 2013, securing his first victory just two days later on September 4. Bliss went 4-4-0 in his tenure on the sidelines with the Black & Gold after serving as the club’s first Technical Director.
I like this move for the Crew when you really boil it all down. Berhalter has some solid coaching experience, and he knows MLS thanks to his time with Bruce Arena and the LA Galaxy. While his name isn’t going to be as flashy as some Crew fans might have hoped for here, he should be able to bring a solid style of play to Columbus.
Giving him the keys to the entire operation is pretty interesting as well. Brian Bliss had done a good job over the years as the club’s Technical Director but it was apparent that the new ownership wanted some serious change this fall.