Josh Wolff, who starred at Parkview High, was named the first coach of MLS expansion team Austin FC on Tuesday. Austin will begin play in 2021 as the league’s 27th franchise.
“It is a tremendous honor to join Austin FC and begin the process of building Austin’s team into a world class club for all of Austin to enjoy," Wolff said in a statement from the club. "My family and I want to thank Anthony Precourt for granting us this amazing opportunity to be a part of this incredible city and this extraordinary undertaking."
Wolff, 42, grew up in Stone Mountain, played in college at South Carolina and played in MLS for D.C. United, Sporting KC and Chicago. He scored 80 goals, 49 assists in 267 appearances and won an MLS CUP in 1998. He also was on three teams that won the U.S. Open Cup in 1998, 2000, and ’04.
Wolff made 52 appearances with the U.S. men’s national team and played in two World Cups in 2002 and ’06.
He was most recently an assistant coach under manager Gregg Berhalther with the U.S. men’s national team.
Wolff is an inductee into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 after leading Parkview to two state titles and scoring 64 goals in his career. He was The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s state boys Player of the Year in 1995.