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Jochen Schneider was named Head of Sport of the New York Red Bulls on June 10, 2022. He will have oversight on all aspects of the sporting side of the club.

Schneider, 51, most recently held the position of Head of Sport and Communication at Schalke 04 FC. His career in soccer began in 1999 at VfB Stuttgart as an assistant to former Head of Sport Rolf Rüssmann. In 2004, he was then promoted to Sporting Director, winning the Bundesliga in 2007, working with Horst Heldt and Fredi Bobic.

In 2015, he joined the Red Bull family, where he took on the role of Coordinator Sport Global Soccer. In June 2017, he was promoted to Head of Sport & Internationalization for RB Leipzig, working closely with Ralf Rangnick.

Schneider has worked with many players over his career including German National Team stars Timo Werner, Antonio Rudiger and Sami Khedira. He also brought in young talents to RB Leipzig such as Ibrahima Konaté and United States Men's National Team star (and former New York Red Bulls midfielder) Tyler Adams.

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DENIS HAMLETT | Sporting Director

Denis Hamlett was named Sporting Director of the New York Red Bulls on February 28, 2017, after being an assistant coach for the New York Red Bulls in 2015 & 2016.

Hamlett was born in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica and grew up in Maryland. He played collegiately at George Mason University before joining the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the American Soccer League in 1992. He also played in the National Premier Soccer League and Continental Indoor Soccer League. Hamlett was selected in the second round by the Colorado Rapids of the inaugural MLS College Draft in 1996.

In 1997, Hamlett transitioned to coaching after recieving his coaching license from U.S. Soccer and joined the Chicago Fire staff as an assistant coach ahead of the 1998 season. He was named first assistant in Chicago before the 2001 season and served as interim head coach in 2007. Hamlett eventually earned the head coach tag for the 2008 season. Under Hamlett’s leadership, the Fire reached two straight MLS Eastern Conference Finals and the 2009 SuperLiga Final. Hamlett also had stints as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2012 and the Montreal Impact in 2014.

Hamlett will be entering his sixth season as Sporting Director, where he has helped the New York Red Bulls to five-straight playoff appearances, an Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final in 2017, an Eastern Conference Final appearance in 2018, and a Supporters Shield in 2018.

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TROY LESESNE | Assistant Coach

Troy Lesesne joined the New York Red Bulls ahead of the 2022 MLS regular season after serving as New Mexico United Head Coach and Sporting Director for the past three years.

Lesene was appointed Head Coach and Sporting Director of New Mexico United of the USL Championship on August 14, 2018. He became the first head coach in the club's history and led New Mexico to back-to-back postseason berths in 2019 and 2020. Lesesne earned his and New Mexico's first postseason victory in 2020. He was named 2020 USL Championship Coach of the Year after he led his team to the playoffs after playing the entire season on the road. In 2019, he coached New Mexico United to the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Lesesne amassed a 36-27-26 record in his three seasons with New Mexico.

Prior to New Mexico, Lesesne joined Charlotte Independence in 2015 and spent three seasons there, where the club posted a 49-37-34 record. They reached the playoffs in back-to-back years and the Independence advanced to the Round of 16 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after defeating the New England Revolution in the fourth round. The West Columbia, South Carolina native spent one season with the Charleston Battery as an assistant coach and worked closely with the Vancouver Whitecaps, as Charleston and the Whitecaps had a partnership agreement.

Before coaching at the professional ranks, Lesesne spent nine years as an assistant caoch for the College of Charleston, where he helped guide the program to a 82-76-14 mark as well as a Southern Conference regular season title and a second round NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010. Lesene holds his USSF A Coaching License and a NSCAA Premier Diploma.

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JYRI NIEMINEN | Goalkeepers Coach

Jyri Nieminen joined the New York Red Bulls technical staff on January 14, 2021 as goalkeepers coach, working with all goalkeepers across the organization.

Nieminen started his professional playing career in 2008, and played for numerous clubs in Finland, including SJK Seinajoki, FC Jazz, BK-46, and Abo IFK before retiring in 2014. After his retirement, he got his first coaching position in the FInnish Football Association and worked with several Finnish clubs before he joined the Estonia Youth National Team setup. He worked with various teams at the youth national level before he joined Aspire Academy and Qatar U-17 youth national team in 2015.

He spent three years there before joining San Jose Earthquakes, his first job in MLS, spending one season there. Nieminen moved to be a goalkeeper coach for Orlando Pirates, before joining the New York Red Bulls. In 2021, Nieminen helped guide New York to a 13-12-9 mark and worked with Brazilian goalkeeper Carlos Coronel. With the help of Nieminen, Coronel finished the season in a tie for first in MLS in shutouts with 13 and earned multiple MLS Team of the Week nods throughout the year.

Dominik Wohlert, Head of Performance Analysis

Fernando Alva, Performance Analyst

Kyle Stump, Tactical Performance Analyst

Sebastian Häusl, Head of Scouting

James Mulligan, Assistant Scout

Tom Spring, Assistant Scout

Sam Goldberg, Manager, Data Science & Analytics

Will Orser, Data Scientist

Scott Bernstein, Director, Team Operations

Aaron McMillan-Gordon, Manager, Team Operations

Decio Ribeiro, Player Care Manager

Matt Tuttle, Head of Soccer Medicine and Performance

Tony Jouaux, Head of Strength and Conditioning

Eric Gorman, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Tom Carroll, Head Athletic Trainer

Matthew McKelvey, Athletic Trainer

Simon Rodriguez, Athletic Trainer

Mike Staropoli, Physical Therapist

Sean Ruiz, Equipment Manager

Hector Merino, Assistant Equipment Manager


Michael Farber, MD - Chief Medical Officer, General Medical Physician

Riley Williams, MD - Club Medical Director, Head Team Physician

Gerardo Chiricolo, MD - General Medical Physician

Danyal Nawabi, MD - Orthopedic Physician

Andrew Elliott, MD - Orthopedic Physician

Tony Wanich, MD - Orthopedic Physician

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