Davy Arnaud has been hired as an assistant coach for Austin FC, who will make their debut in 2021 in MLS.
The former Houston Dynamo assistant had taken charge of the Dynamo on an interim basis after Wilmer Cabrera was let go.
His organization skills with the team were quickly on display in the final nine games – but with the hiring of Tab Ramos, and Ramos like most coaches bringing in his chosen staff, Arnaud became available.
The former Houston Dynamo assistant joins his former teammate Josh Wolff Austin FC coach.
Coaches need trusted individuals on their staff that bring something to the table.
Over the years in MLS we have seen coaches hire assistants for a variety of reasons….many good and many mind boggling.
I have always been of the mind set that you hire someone that carries a strength that can compliment the coach. Arnaud will do that.
Knowing Davy Arnaud personally, I can tell you he is a selfless individual who is in it for the cause.
His career path from Nederland, Texas had him playing youth soccer in the Lone Star State, college at West Texas A&M under Butch Lauffer, and then leaving college early for a pittance into MLS where he carved out a remarkable playing career. He was a player that bridged the gap of the “old” MLS into the “new” MLS.
His journey has provided huge experience at his first club the Kansas City Wizards, where he played with veterans like Peter Vermes, Tony Meola under then coach Bob Gansler.
Arnaud had an impressive playing career that also led him to earn 7 caps for the U.S. National team and a memorable match against Brazil.
Here is a personal story: when the Houston Soccer Community and I all got together to host charity soccer clinics on the same day in December for Pediatric Cancer, I called on many former pro’s to come out including Davy Arnaud.
Arnaud would be driving with his family from Kansas City to return to Nederland, TX but would always make the effort to time it and be a part of the clinic.
These types of gestures are telling.
Arnaud is a great fit for Austin FC, an even better fit due to his Lone Star State connections!