HARRISON, N.J. (September 10, 2015) - The New York Red Bulls have announced the addition of Michael Holody to the technical staff as the Associate Director of Player Personnel and Strategic Planning. Holody, a University of Michigan graduate who spent time with the Colorado Rapids, brings MLS playing experience and over three years of experience working in the competition department at the MLS League Office.
"We are extremely pleased to bring Michael on board," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis. "Michael has a very strong knowledge of the sport and MLS, and he has excelled in all of his endeavors since joining the league office. That knowledge, his soccer background, along with his passion and dedication, make him an excellent addition to our staff."
After three years playing for the Colorado Rapids, Holody joined the league office in April 2012 as a coordinator in the competition department. Holody was involved in many of the new initiatives MLS implemented in the past few years. He spearheaded the Professional Match Evaluator program, and was responsible for all department communications to MLS teams and the MLS Players Union regarding game notices and disciplinary summaries.
Holody was promoted to Senior Analyst this past January, where he managed the PME Program, training and overseeing 50 evaluators and two league employees. He also assisted the Vice President of Competition with managing the MLS Technical Committee and on field sub-committees, and created the current MLS Competition Manual.
The Clarkson, Michigan native earned a degree in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan before pursuing a career in MLS. During his career with the Maize and Blue, the defender earned recognition on and off the field, including All Big-Ten honors as a senior and a place on the NCAA Division I Men's College Scholar All-America First Team. He was drafted by Colorado in 2009, and was a part of the 2010 team that won MLS Cup.