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Red Wolves tab Ziggy Korytoski as head coach

By Staff, 12/14/22, 11:00AM EST


Korytoski brings head coaching expereince from Central America, Asia and the United States

Korytoski brings head coaching expereince from Central America, Asia and the United States | Image Credit: Albion San Diego

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chattanooga Red Wolves SC today announced Jeff "Ziggy" Korytoski as the third full-time head coach in club history.

“Korytoski has an impressive record of leading teams to championships, and we're ready for him to get started as we look to win the USL League One title in 2023,” Red Wolves SC President and General Manager Sean McDaniel said.

Korytoski, who has been coaching professionally over the course of two decades, comes to the Red Wolves with an extensive coaching career in Central America, Asia and the United States.

In Central America, Korytoski spent several years leading Guatemalan side Antigua GFC where he first took over in 2009. Over the course of his time with Antigua GFC, he helped the top-flight side go on a 27-match unbeaten streak at home, ultimately going undefeated in league play for nearly three years.

During his watch, he helped the Coloniales to become league champions in the Apertura and Clausura seasons in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Additionally, Korytoski has served as the head coach for Guatemalan first-division side Deportivo Coatepeque, where he saved the club from relegation.

In Asia, Korytoski spent time at the helm of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Men’s and Women’s National Team. There he met his wife, Mayumi Ando, with whom he has two children, Kaisei and Mariana.

In the United States, Korytoski has served as an assistant coach at Cal Poly, San Diego State University, Harvard and most recently as the head coach of NISA's Albion San Diego.

“I’m eager to get started in Chattanooga and guide this team at a pivotal time, coming off the momentous run-up to the 2022 League One Final,” said Korytoski. “We’ll build upon that success and continue to engage and entertain the incredible fans who have cheered the Red Wolves toward victory.”

Originally from Springfield, Mass., Korytoski received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Saint Leo University in Florida.

The selection of Korytoski comes as the Red Wolves parted ways with former coach Jimmy Obleda last month. The club’s assistant coach Jimmy Weekley had served as interim head coach since August and led the team to the 2022 USL League One Final for the first time in club history.

“Coach Weekley led our team to a winning season and a historic playoff run, and we appreciate his leadership as we conducted a search for the next head coach,” said McDaniel. “He’s an important part of our success.”

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