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Crew names Warzycha as new head coach

COLUMBUS: The MLS Cup-champion Columbus Crew announced Dec. 22, 2008, that former Crew standout and longtime assistant coach Robert Warzycha has been named the fifth head coach in club history.

A 45-year-old native of Siemkowice, Poland, and naturalized U.S. citizen, Warzycha was one of the Crew’s all-time greats on the field, who recently completed his seventh season on the club’s coaching staff and sixth as a full-time coach.

Robert Warzycha

Warzycha distinguished himself during a 16-game stint as interim head coach from July 12, 2005 through the end of that season. Warzycha took over a 4-10-2 team and went 7-6-3 the rest of the way.

Following that season, he accepted the club’s offer to stay on as Sigi Schmid ’s top assistant and, in doing so, became the first Crew assistant ever to sign a multi-year contract. Over the next three years, he played a vital role in the construction and development of the most successful team in club history. The 2008 Crew won the Supporters’ Shield with a 17-7-6 record and 57 points, then went on to claim the club’s first MLS Cup championship.  

Warzycha’s retirement as a player following the 2002 season capped a highly decorated, 16-year playing career. He remains the club’s all-time career assists leader, with 61, and ranks fifth in games played (160) and fourth in points (99). He added 19 goals in regular-season play and finished with two goals and nine assists in 17 career playoff games.

Prior to joining the Crew, Warzycha made 47 appearances with the Polish National Team from 1988-95 and enjoyed a three-year stint with Everton of the English Premier League (1991-94), among many career highlights.

Warzycha (pronounced var-ZEE-hah) and his wife, Eliza, have three children: sons Konrad and Bartosz, both of whom play collegiate soccer (at Ohio State and Marshall, respectively), and daughter Olivia.







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