Arena Appoints Four U.S. Youth National Team Head Coaches
CHICAGO (Thursday, September 30, 1999) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach and technical director Bruce Arena today confirmed four head coaching appointments on the men's side with the U.S. Youth National Team Program.
With John Ellinger continuing in his role as the Under-17 Men's National Team coach, Arena added Wolfgang Suhnholz (Under-20s), George Gelnovatch (Under-18s) and Ken Lolla (Under-16). The U.S. Soccer Federation also formally named Keith Tozer as head coach of the U.S. Futsal Team.
Suhnholz comes to the Federation after a storied career in both the German Bundesliga and the North American Soccer League, as well as coaching at the regional level throughout U.S. Soccer. Suhnhoz most recently assisted former Under-20 head coach Sigi Schmid at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria. The 53-year-old German native has made his home in Texas for a number of years, where he helped develop the United Soccer Leagues' Austin Lone Stars as well as the Austin Capitals youth club.
For Gelnovatch, the appointment reunites him with Arena, whom he played for collegiately and served as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia. Gelnovatch has already served as an assistant with Arena with the senior Men's National Team during the past year and will now take over the Under-18 squad.
Ken Lolla, the USA's new Under-16 head coach, had enjoyed recent success as the head coach of the University of Akron (Ohio), where he is in his seventh season. Lolla was recently named the 1998 Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year, and has been honored three times as the Mid Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year (1993, '95 and '98).
The Under-16 program serves as a developmental squad for players identified as potential future Under-17 National Team players. With FIFA conducting an Under-17 World Championship every other year, the Under-16 National Team is vital in the early identification and training for those players.
Ellinger has been with U.S. Soccer in a number of capacities since 1992, and will continue in his role with Under-17s, which are preparing for the 1999 Under-17 World Championship in New Zealand in November. The team has currently won 18 consecutive matches and has helped develop a number of young professionals (Landon Donovan with Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, and DaMarcus Beasley and Seth Trembly with MLS Project-40).
Keith Tozer, who has served as the interim U.S. Futsal Coach for the last two years, will lose the interim title as the team prepares for the 2000 Futsal World Championship in Guatemala next year. Tozer is currently the head coach of the Milwaukee Wave of the National Professional Soccer League, where won the 1997-98 title.
U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Head Coach
Born: September 14, 1946
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Success in soccer has followed Wolfgang Suhnholz around the world from his professional playing-coaching experiences to his technical and director expertise at the club level. Suhnholz's unparallelled dedication to the success of soccer on and off the field have lead to his appointment as the U.S. Men's Under-20 National Team Head Coach on Sept. 28, 1999.
Coaching: Most recently served U.S. Soccer as an assistant with the U-20s in the 1999 FIFA World Championship in Nigeria ... Served as technical director of coaching and co-owner of the Austin Lone Stars in the United Soccer Leagues' D3 Pro-League ... Began the Austin Capitals youth club in 1983 with just one team and has seen it grow to over 18 teams ... His coaching highlights include a U-18 third-place finish at the 1988 National Championship and being named the 1988 South Texas Coach of the Year ... Suhnholz extends his coaching experience to the regional level, serving as a Region III and South Texas ODP staff coach.
Professional: In 1970 he signed with Red & White Oberhausen(Germany) where he played for one season ... Catapulted his professional career when he joined German powerhouse Bayern Munich in 1971, playing along side soccer legends Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeness, Gerd Muller and Sepp Maier ... During his three years with Bayern Munich the club won two national championships ... Trained with the German National Team prior to the 1972 World Cup but suffered a set back when he broke his leg prior to the world championship ... After a brief stint with Grasshopper Zurich (Switzerland), Suhnholz moved to the United States in 1975 where he played six seasons in the National American Soccer League with the Boston Minutemen (1975), Toronto Metro-Croatia (76), Las Vegas Quicksilvers (77), LA Aztecs (78) and the California Surf (1978-80) ... During his professional career in the NASL, Suhnholz played as a player/assistant coach with Boston, Las Vegas and California.
Personal: Awarded the 1976 Most Valuable Player of the NASL Soccer Bowl ... A native of Berlin, Germany, Suhnholz received his U.S. Soccer 'A' coaching license in 1989 ... Resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Monika.
U.S. Men's Under-18 National Team Head Coach
Born: February 12, 1965
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Gelnovatch is reunited with Bruce Arena after serving as an assistant coach under Arena at the University of Virginia were the two completed aN unprecedented four-year run of national championships (1991-94).
Coaching: Served as an assistant for Arena on a number of occasions with the full national team in 1999 ... In his fourth season as the head coach at the University of Virginia (1996-present), he has lead the Cavaliers to an overall record of 51-11-9 (.782) and was honored as Virginia's Division I Men's Coach of the Year in 1998 ...His sixteen victories during his first year as head coach were the most-ever by a first-year coach at Virginia (surpassing Arena's previous mark of nine) earning him the 1996 ACC Coach of the Year award ... Began his coaching career at UVa in 1989 as a part-time assistant then became a full-time assistant coach in 1992.
Professional: Drafted by the Minnesota Strikers of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) following his collegiate career at the University of Virginia ... Spent three years (1990-92) in the American Professional Soccer League followed by year with Arena at D.C. United during Major League Soccer's inaugural season in 1996.
Personal: Former field hockey head coach at the University of Virginia ...Ranks fifth on UVa's career scoring list (118 points) ... Married to Melissa Sanders, former UVa women's field hockey head coach, and the couple have two children, Jack Sanders Gelnovatch and Sanders Gelnovatch.
U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Head Coach
Born: October 4, 1951
Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland
A veteran of numerous coaching assignments since becoming a U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach in 1992, John Ellinger is currently in his second year as the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Head Coach, as well as Clive Charles' assistant with the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team. During his seven-year tenure with U.S. Soccer, he has also served as head coach of the National "B" Team and as Region I (East) U-14 National Coordinator.
Coaching: Ellinger will lead the U.S. U-17 team at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship to be held in New Zealand, Nov. 10-27 ... Head coach of U.S. Soccer's first-ever full-time youth residency program that began Jan. 17, 1999 in Bradenton, Fla. ... Winningest U-17 head coach in U.S. Soccer history (.702) with a two-year combined international record of 23-7-7 .... Coached the U.S. selection to third place at the 1997 World University Games in Italy, the best finish ever for a U.S. team in the competition ... Head coach at Montgomery College (MD) from 1979-81 ... Assumed the head coaching duties at University of Maryland-Baltimore County, a post he held from 1981-90 ... In addition to his duties with U.S. Soccer, Ellinger spent some time in the professional ranks, serving as the assistant coach of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew during the league's inaugural season.
Personal: Earned his bachelor's degree (1973) and master's degree (1974) in health and physical education from Frostburg State College in Maryland ... He and his wife, Tami, reside in Laurel, Maryland, with their two daughters Leigh and Brooke; Ellinger's son Matt attends Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.
U.S. Men's Under-16 National Team Head Coach
Born: August 13, 1962
Hometown: Uniontown, Ohio
Lolla has experienced success on every level in soccer: a collegiate soccer All-American at Duke University, six years of professional playing experience, an assistant coach at Duke University, a collegiate head coach at the University of Akron and now head coach of the U.S. Men's Under-16 National Team.
Coaching: Currently in his seventh season as head coach of the men's soccer program at the University of Akron (1993-present) .... Named the 1998 Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year, was three times the Mid Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year (1993, '95 & '98) and compiled a 76-31-8 overall record in his first six seasons at Akron ... Head coach at Belmont Abby College (1990-92) where he was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1992 ... Posted a 49-16-3 record during his three seasons at Belmont Abby College, including a 19-3-2 mark and a sixth place NAIA ranking, in 1992 ... Lolla began coaching as an assistant at his alma mater, Duke University (1988-89)
Professional: Played professionally with the Charlotte Gold (1984) of the old United Soccer League (USL) then spent four seasons with the Canton Invaders of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) ... Finished his playing career with the New Jersey Eagles (1988) and the Penn-Jersey Spirit of the ASL (1989).
Personal: Four year starter at Duke University where he was captain his senior year and named an All-American in 1981 and 1983 ... Earned his bachelor's degree in biology (1983) from Duke University where he was studying for medical school ... He and his wife, Tina, reside in Uniontown, Ohio, with their son, Tyler (2).