Austin FC says “Wolff In” for 3 more years

Austin FC wasted no time in its sophomore season to extend head coach Josh Wolff’s contract for three years, through the end of the 2025 MLS season.

ESPN’s soccer pundit Taylor Twellman first tweeted the late-breaking news Friday afternoon an hour before the club officially announced the deal.

In the Verde & Black’s first 10 MLS matches of 2022, Wolff has ATXFC positioned second overall in the West and second overall in the Supporters’ Shield standings, with a 6-2-2 record. Overall, he is 15-23-6 through 44 matches in Austin.

In addition to his blossoming first-time head coaching gig, Josh has an impressive MLS and USMNT player résumé that we covered extensively when the deal was originally inked in November 2019.

“I’m very grateful to Anthony, the Austin FC ownership group and Claudio for their continued faith and confidence,” said Wolff. “This is still a young, growing Club but seeing our vision for Austin FC come to life on and off the field has been one of the great honors of my career. My staff and I will keep working every day to represent the city, and to develop our team both competitively and as human beings. The best is yet to come.”

Josh Wolff
May 13, 2022

No details of head coach Josh Wolff’s new salary, with the three-year add-on, have been released. Unlike Austin FC’s player wages, MLS coaching salaries are kept close to the vest.

What does Josh Wolff’s extension mean?

Austin FC’s ownership and sporting director Claudio Reyna have made it clear — Wolff is here to stay for years to come.

This is a serious blow to #Wolffout fans who continued to call for his head after some miscues, including this one in Houston, in his inaugural season. A true house of horrors for the gaffer’s naysayers today, Friday the 13th.

Majority owner and CEO Anthony Precourt shielded the coach from any further doubt about his future with ATX just as the club’s schedule gets significantly more difficult in May.

Anthony Precourt [@APrecourt] said “We felt it best to together take care of the contract now so we can have focus squarely on playoff run, transfer window and roster and staff planning going into next season. Good planning can’t start soon enough.”

What do you think of this deal? Was it premature to sign him 10 games into the season, or is he a hot commodity that needed to be locked down?

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