AUSTIN, Texas – Austin FC, Austin’s Major League Soccer (MLS) team, announced today that Davy Arnaud will join the Club as Assistant Coach on August 1, 2020. He will work with Austin FC Head Coach Josh Wolff as a key member of the coaching staff.
Born in Nederland, Texas and raised in the Lone Star State, Arnaud (pronounced “ARR-no”) joins Austin FC from the Houston Dynamo where he served in a variety of coaching positions, including a recent appointment as Interim Head Coach for a nine (9) match period from August 14, 2019 to October 25, 2019 . His MLS coaching experience dates back to 2016 when he became an assistant coach at D.C. United, following his retirement as a player. In 2017, Arnaud returned to Texas, joining the Dynamo’s coaching staff as an assistant until August 2019 when he became interim Head Coach.
Arnaud and Austin FC Head Coach Josh Wolff were teammates at Sporting KC where Arnaud played from 2002 – 2011. Arnaud brings MLS expansion experience to Austin FC, having played for the Montreal Impact during their inaugural MLS season in 2012, scoring the Club’s first ever MLS goal. Arnaud played 351 matches and scored 50 goals with 46 assists during his 15-season career in MLS.
As Austin FC’s Assistant Coach, Arnaud will report to Josh Wolff. As the Austin FC first team develops, Arnaud will play a key role in the day-to-day preparation, training, and recuperation of Austin FC’s first team, while helping to develop the first team’s playing philosophy and culture. “Davy Arnaud represents a significant addition to our growing Club, and our organization is extremely fortunate to have a native Texan and highly-experienced MLS player and coach join our staff to help us build a successful Club in MLS,” commented Josh Wolff, Austin FC Head Coach. “Davy and I know each other well from our time playing together in Kansas City, and I know he shares the same soccer philosophy we value highly at Austin FC.”
“I couldn't be more excited to be joining the Club. I had the pleasure of playing alongside and learning from Josh in Kansas City. His leadership and knowledge of the game is something I admire and I look forward to rejoining him here in Austin,” Arnaud said. “I want to thank Josh and Claudio for affording me the opportunity to help build Austin FC.”
“On behalf of Austin FC, we are pleased to welcome a talented and experienced coach like Davy to Austin FC,” commented Claudio Reyna, Austin FC Sporting Director. “Davy grew up playing the game in our home state and he brings a strong Texas perspective to our staff, in addition to bringing his experiences as a talented MLS coach and player.”