Columbus Crew SC Technical Staff

  • Head Coach
    Currently in his first season as Head Coach of Crew SC, Caleb Porter became the eighth Head Coach in Club history on January 4, 2019. The 43-year-old joined Crew SC following a five-year stint with the Portland Timbers (2013-2017) during which he won one MLS Cup (2015), one Cascadia Cup (2017) and MLS Coach of the Year (2013) honors.
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  • Technical Director
    Pat Onstad (pronounced: on-STAD) is the Technical Director of Columbus Crew SC. Onstad joined Crew SC on January 10, 2014, spending his first five seasons as an Assistant Coach on the Black & Gold staff.
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  • Director of Player Personnel and Strategy
    Issa joined Crew SC from FIFA’s HQ in Zurich, where he worked in their Team Services and Competition Department, the group responsible for organizing the World Cup and other FIFA competitions. In addition, he led the revision and implementation of the new FIFA World Rankings.
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  • Director of Scouting
    Neil McGuinness is the Director of Scouting of Columbus Crew SC. McGuinness joined Crew SC on April 17, 2019, having most recently worked for the Qatar Football Association and previously for Celtic Football Club of the Scottish Premiership, Scotland’s topflight.
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  • Assistant Coach
    Ezra Hendrickson is in his first season as Assistant Coach for Columbus Crew SC. Hendrickson began his coaching career with Seattle Sounders FC before becoming the Head Coach of Seattle Sounders FC 2 from 2015-2017. Following his time in Seattle, Hendrickson joined Schmid at the LA Galaxy, where he worked as an assistant coach during the 2018 season.
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  • Assistant Coach
    Matt Reis is in his first season as Assistant Coach for Columbus Crew SC, having joined the Club on January of this year. A former professional player, Reis has served as a goalkeeper coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team as well as for the LA Galaxy.
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  • Assistant Coach
    Pablo Moreira (pronounced: MO-ray-rah) is in his first season as Assistant Coach for Columbus Crew SC, having joined the Club on January of this year. Moreira previously worked alongside Caleb Porter at the Portland Timbers as well as at the University of Akron.
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  • Assistant Coach
    Ben Cross is in his first season as Assistant Coach for Columbus Crew SC in 2019. Previously, he served as the Crew SC Academy’s Under-19 Head Coach after joining the Crew SC Academy as U-17/18 Head Coach in October of 2016.
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  • Director of Team Operations
    Zach Crusse is in his fourth season as the Director of Team Operations for Columbus Crew SC in 2019 after joining the club in January of 2016. During his first year in MLS in 2016, he was honored with the MLS Team Administrator of the Year Award presented by Sportscorp Travel.
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  • Video Performance Analyst
    David Handgraaf is in his third season as Video Performance Analyst for Columbus Crew SC in 2019 after having joined the club in 2017. Handgraaf previously worked with Dutch side AFC Ajax for two years prior to joining Crew SC. In his current role, Handgraaf works with Crew SC’s technical staff to analyze training and match videos, as well as scouting opponents.
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  • Head Equipment Manager
    David Brauzer is in his fourth season with the Black & Gold as their Head Equipment Manager in 2019 after joining the club in January of 2016. In his current role, Brauzer is responsible for ordering, inventory and upkeep of all equipment items for the Crew SC First Team as well as properly outfitting the team for all training and game situations at home and on the road.
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  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
    Brook Hamilton is in his eighth season with Crew SC as the team's Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2019. He joined the club for the 2012 season after serving in the same capacity with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL.
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  • Fitness Coach
    Federico Pizzuto is in his second season with Crew SC as the team's Fitness Coach in 2019, having joined shortly after the beginning of the 2018 season after serving as the Performance Director for Porto FC’s Youth Academy – of Portugal’s First Division – from 2016-2018, where he worked with age groups from Under-15 to U-19.
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  • Asst. Strength & Conditioning Coach
    Kelly Roderick is in her second season with Columbus Crew SC in 2019, after having joined the club in April of 2018. In her current role as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, she assists with the implementation of all aspects of the strength and conditioning program.
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  • Data Analyst
    Alex Mysiw is in his third season as Data Analyst for Columbus Crew SC in 2019 after joining the club in 2017, having previously spent the 2016 season as an intern with the club.
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  • Asst. Equipment Manager
    Ron Meadors is in his ninth season with Crew SC and on his fourth season as the club’s Assistant Equipment Manager.  Meadors originally joined the club as the Team Operations Assistant in 2011 after having joined the club in 2011 as an intern prior to promotion midway through that year’s campaign.
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  • Head Athletic Trainer
    Chris Shenberger is in his second season as Head Athletic Trainer with Columbus Crew SC in 2019 after joining the club in January of 2017 as Assistant Athletic Trainer.
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  • Asst. Athletic Trainer
    Daniel Givens is in his second season with Crew SC in 2019 after having joined the team ahead of the 2018 season. Previously, he spent three years as the Head Athletic Trainer for Pickerington Central High School. Before that, he was the Head Athletic Trainer at Clark County High School in Kentucky.
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  • Dietician
    Jay Short is in his third season as the Dietician for Columbus Crew SC in 2019, having joined the club in 2017. Prior to joining Crew SC, he spent five years with Ohio State’s Sports and Nutrition Department, which included working with the Buckeyes Men’s Soccer Team. In his current role, he works with Crew SC’s performance staff to enhance the team’s performance and dietary needs.
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  • Team Coordinator
    Julio Velasquez is in his fourth season as Team Coordinator for Columbus Crew SC in 2019. In his current role, he assists the Director of Team Operations in preseason training camps, team travel, scheduling and also working closely with the technical staff and players in the day-to-day operation of the team.
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