HARRISON, N.J. (December 14, 2023) – The New York Red Bulls have named Sandro Schwarz as Head Coach pending receipt of his visa, the club announced today. Schwarz joins New York after a 12-year playing career and head coaching stints with FC Eschborn, FSV Mainz 05, Dynamo Moscow, and Hertha Berlin.
Schwarz, a native of Mainz, Germany, started his professional playing career with FSV Mainz 05, his hometown club. He made his professional debut for the club in 1998 and was with the club until 2004, where he made 107 appearances across all competitions. Schwarz tallied two goals and six assists for Mainz. He moved to Rot-Weiss Essen in 2004 and then finished out his professional playing career with SV Wehen Wiesbaden, until he retired in 2009.
“We are very pleased to welcome Sandro [Schwarz] to the club,” said Head of Sport Jochen Schneider. “Sandro is a great leader that fits our culture and his head coaching experience in Europe fits with what we are trying to accomplish. We are excited to get him here and begin to work towards success in 2024.”
Schwarz got his coaching start with SV Wehen Wiesbaden in 2009 as an assistant coach. He earned his first head coaching position in 2011 with FC Eschborn, where he won the championship in the Hessenliga in his first season in charge. In 2013, Schwarz moved back to his old club of FSV Mainz, where he started as a U-19 coach and then worked with way up to lead their second team. He was then named Head Coach of his former club in 2017, where he was in charge until 2019 and kept the club in the Bundesliga all three seasons he was there.
“I look forward to joining the club and getting started soon,” said Head Coach Sandro Schwarz. “I have a lot of motivation to accomplish many great things with this club and I am excited to get to work for the upcoming season.”
After his time with FSV Mainz, Schwarz was named head coach of FC Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League. He amassed a 32-17-8 record in his two seasons in charge and led Dynamo Moscow to their first Top-3 finish in 14 years. After the 2022 season, Schwarz joined Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga and was in charge until April of 2023.
“We want everyone to feel right from the start that my staff and I will work for this club with heart, brain and passion,” said Schwarz.
Schwarz will be accompanied by his wife and two children as he takes over as Head Coach of the New York Red Bulls.