Dutch coach Dick Schreuder has been named the Philadelphia Union’s newest assistant coach, the club announced today. The move was first announced two months ago by VV Katwijk, the third-division Dutch team of which Schreuder served as head coach for 3.5 years.
Schreuder, 46, played for more than a decade throughout the Netherlands before transitioning into coaching. In 2007, Schreuder took the reins at SDV Barneveld, an amateur club, where he remained until 2014, when he became one of three co-coaches at the English side Barnet FC. At the time of his move to England, Barnet noted that Schreuder’s club “became renowned for their attacking style of play and focus on youth development” during the Dutchman’s time in charge.
Schreuder didn’t make it through a full season in England and returned to the Netherlands with VV Katwijk in 2014.
“We are pleased to welcome a coach of Dick’s caliber and ability to our staff,” said Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart in a press release. “He is a veteran of Dutch soccer who enjoyed a lengthy playing career before transitioning to be a successful coach with Katwijk. He has a longstanding track record in developing a distinct style of play, vital to our philosophy here in Philadelphia, and we are grateful he decided to join us.”
The Union now boast three assistant coaches, with Schreuder joining BJ Callaghan and Pat Noonan, who joined the staff in the offseason.