The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have announced the hiring of Günter Kronsteiner as the sports director and head coach for the team. Kronsteiner comes to the Strikers from Austria where he has vast experience playing and coaching with some of the top teams in the country.
“We are extremely excited to be able to sign a coach with the caliber of experience that Günter brings to the Strikers organization,” said Strikers President Tom Mulroy. “I’ve known Günter for many years and have worked together with him on many successful soccer projects. He will help raise the club to another level both on and off the field.”
Kronsteiner has recently been working as a team consultant and player manager with several teams and players throughout Europe.
Kronsteiner’s professional career as a player began in 1978 in Austria with Donawitzer SV Leoben. He later played with FC Wacker Innsbruck, where he won two titles with the team in the Austrian Bundesliga and participated in the UEFA Cup. He then went on to play with FC Salzburg, LASK Linz and finally with Rapid Lienz where he began his coaching career as a player/coach in 1984.
Aside from his coaching experience, Kronsteiner has also worked as sports director for several organizations including FC Casino Salzburg, which reached the finals of the UEFA Cup in 1994.
In 2000, he hired Hans Backe, former Head Coach for the New York Red Bulls, as the coach of FC Casino Salzburg.
As the sports director for Austria Vienna, Kronsteiner oversaw Joachim Löw, before Löw was hired by Jurgen Klinsmannto be his assistant coach of the German National Team in 2004. Kronsteiner then took over Austria Vienna as the head coach and led the team to the Quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup in 2005.
“His experience and connections to some of the top clubs and players in Europe are invaluable to both the Strikers and Traffic Sports as we continue to grow in this market and beyond,” said Aaron Davidson, President of Traffic Sports USA. “We are thrilled to add Kronsteiner to the Traffic and Strikers family.”
Kronsteiner will begin coaching the Strikers upon approval of his U.S. visa.Until that time, the team will continue to train under the interim coach, Ricardo Lopes. Both Lopes and Raoul Voss will remain with the team under Kronsteiner for the fall season.
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