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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Robert Waryzcha, the father of Ohio State men’s soccer player Konrad Warzycha, has been named head coach of the Major League Soccer Cup champion Columbus Crew, the team announced Monday. Warzycha was the program’s first discovery player 12 years ago and has served as a Crew assistant coach and interim head coach since 2002.

“This is an exciting moment for my dad and our family,” Konrad Warzycha said of his father’s hiring. “He has been with the organization for so long, as a player and assistant coach, this is a well-deserved next step.”

A native of Poland, the elder Warzycha joined the Crew during its inaugural 1996 season as one of the most successful international signings in MLS history. Six years after last taking the field as a player, he remains the club’s all-time assist leader (61), while ranking fifth in games played (160) and fourth in points (99).

“There was significant interest in our head coaching position and we considered several candidates, but none of them brought more soccer expertise, experience or potential to lead our club than Robert Warzycha,” Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers said. “And certainly, none approached the commitment and loyalty to the Crew that he possesses.”

Prior to joining the Crew, Warzycha made 47 appearances with the Polish National Team from 1988-95 and played three years with Everton of the English Premier League (1991-94), among many career highlights.