FC Edmonton hires Ed Koch as head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

FC Edmonton has announced Ed Koch as the team’s new head coach. He replaces Jeff Paulus, who stepped down in September.

The soccer team named Koch as the team’s new leader following a two-month search. Koch will also serve as the Director of Football Operations.

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“We are very excited to introduce Alan as our new Head Coach” FC Edmonton owner Tom Fath said. “We had the privilege of talking to a lot of great candidates for the position. But in the end, coach Koch’s mix of professional coaching experience, winning track record, business understanding, and wide soccer network made him the clear choice to lead us into the future.

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“We spoke extensively about everything the club needs to change in order to win. Alan understands it and is up for the challenge. We are confident he will do great things here in Edmonton.”

Koch is a veteran coach, who has coached at many levels. He has served as a head coach in the United Soccer League (USL) and Major League Soccer (MLS) with FC Cincinnati. He coached the team from 2016 through 2019.

Two years ago, Koch guided the team to a team-high 23 wins and 77 points. In 2018, FC Cincinnati won the USL Regular Season Championship.

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Koch was awarded the USL Coach of the Year Award at the end of the season.

“It is a privilege to join FC Edmonton and I am grateful to Tom Fath and Eric Newendorp for this opportunity,” Koch said. “I look forward to building on from the foundations that are already in place, and assessing the areas that we need to adjust to have the required success in this new league. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I am confident that we can have success with the club.

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“I left Canada to gain additional professional experience, but am incredibly excited that this opportunity allows me to further my career while staying close to family. The Canadian Premier League is a welcome opportunity for Canadian players and coaches, and I will work relentlessly to help FC Edmonton achieve its goals. I cannot wait to meet the club staff, players, partners, and supporters groups.”

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