San Jose hire Wolyniec as Technical Director
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San Jose hire Wolyniec as Technical Director
by Jonathan Rest

John Wolyniec has been appointed as the new Technical Director of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes.

John has extensive knowledge of Major League Soccer and understands what it takes to be successful. He also has a track record of success developing young players for one of the preeminent youth systems in the league.
Chris Leitch
General Manager, San Jose Earthquakes

Wolyniec will work closely with General Manager Chris Leitch in setting the overall strategy for the club’s soccer operations department, as well as taking a leadership role in player development, scouting and roster management.

 

He was most recently Head Coach of New York Red Bulls II, the reserve team that competes in the USL Championship, between 2015 and 2021.

 

Leitch said: “John has extensive knowledge of Major League Soccer and understands what it takes to be successful. He also has a track record of success developing young players for one of the preeminent youth systems in the league.”

 

Wolyniec added: “The club has a lot of exciting young talent that’s ready to take the next step and I’m looking forward to helping them achieve their respective goals.”

 

Wolyniec succeeds Leitch, who was promoted to permanent GM in November 2021.

 

Leitch has been with San Jose since 2009, spending his last few years as a player, before transitioning to coaching and being named Technical Director in 2015. He has led soccer operations since the club parted ways with GM Jesse Fioranelli in July 2021.

 

As a player, Wolyniec represented New York Metrostars (now NYRB), Chicago Fire, New England Revolution, Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy.

 

Following his retirement in 2010, he joined the Red Bull Academy before being promoted to first team assistant coach and reserve team coach in 2013.

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