Tony Gustavsson Named Assistant Coach for US Women’s National Team
courtesy of uefa.com
On Tuesday, May 27th, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named Tony Gustavsson as a full-time assistant coach starting with the matches against France in June. Gustavsson was a member of the coaching staff for fellow Sweden native Pia Sundhage’s staff for the 2012 Olympics, helping the USA to the gold medal in front of more than 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London.
Gustavsson returns to U.S. Soccer after a highly successful stint as head coach of Tyresö FF in the Damallsvenskan, Sweden’s premier women’s league. Tyresö has been one of the world’s top women’s professional teams over the past few seasons and he led the Stockholm-based club to league title in 2012.
With the help of five U.S. Women’s National Team players, Christen Press, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris, Gustavsson led Tyresö all the way to the 2013/2014 Champions League final before losing 4-3 against Wolfsburg of Germany. He coached the squad to a second-place finish in the Damallsvenskan last season, earning another Champions League berth for the 2014/2015 addition.
USWNT Head Coach Jill Ellis had this to say about Gustavsson:
“Tony will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff,” said Ellis. “We have worked together before and I am delighted to have him come on board as we move toward Women’s World Cup qualifying. He brings tremendous international experience and a fantastic energy to our program. I am excited to have him join us in a couple of weeks.”
Here is what Gustavsson had to say about returning to the USWNT:
“I’m really looking forward to being back with the U.S. team again,” said Gustavsson. “I have great respect for these players, their work ethic and their desire to keep progressing as individuals and as a team. I’m excited to contribute to that process through any role Jill asks of me.”
Here are some additional notes and highlights on Gustavsson according to ussoccer.com:
Gustavsson has experience coaching in the top men’s professional leagues in both Sweden and Norway. He was head coach of Kongsvinger IL in Norway’s Tippeligan in 2010 and coached Hammarby IF in Sweden’s Allsvenskan from 2007-09.
He took Hammarby to the brink of the Europa Cup group stage in 2007, but fell in a two-leg series to Braga of Portugal in the first round.
From 2004-06, he was a player/assistant coach for Degerfors in Sweden’s second division and from 2000-03 he played and coached with Ytterhogdals IK, which was in Sweden’s third and fourth divisions.
Gustavsson spent one semester attending college in the USA at the University of Central Florida in 1994 before finishing his education at Lärarhögskolan in Stockholm from 1995-99, where he got a teacher’s degree in physical education and math and at the University of Orebro from 2004-05 where he studied soccer coaching and leadership.
Gustavsson holds a UEFA Pro coaching license.
Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely