Columbus Crew Promote Estevez to First Team Assistant Coach
Columbus Crew SC have named Nico Estevez as assistant coach to the first team as he advances through the ranks of the academy level. Estevez spent eight seasons with La Liga club Valencia CF as Academy and Department of Methodology, including other tenures at the youth level in Spain.
MLS Soccer News: Columbus Crew SC announced the promotion of Crew SC Academy’s Director of Methodology Nico Estevez to Assistant Coach on Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter’s First Team technical staff.
“I’m really excited. It’s a great opportunity for me,” said Estevez. “When I came here, I was always waiting for an opportunity like this, and I think it’s good to have this option and, of course, I’m very grateful for Gregg Berhalter to give me this opportunity.”
Estevez, who holds a UEFA Pro License, fills the position vacated by Sixten Bostrom with the new role effective immediately.
Estevez, 36, spent eight years in Spain with La Liga club Valencia CF’s Academy and Department of Methodology, which included an assignment as Interim Head Coach of its first team in Spain’s First Division. As Interim Head Coach, he oversaw a La Liga match against Real Madrid and a Copa del Rey match versus Gimnastic de Tarragona. Estevez joined Valencia CF in July of 2004, first working with the youth teams and later spending two seasons as head coach of Huracan Valencia CF in Spain’s Segunda Division B from 2011 to 2013.
During his two seasons at the helm, he helped the club qualify for promotion playoffs on each occasion. In July of 2013, Estevez was appointed head coach of Valencia CF Mestalla of Spain’s Segunda Division B. On October 21, 2013, the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s Coaches’ Committee awarded him a Ramon Cobo award in recognition for his work.
“We are pleased to promote Nico to an Assistant Coach with the First Team,” Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “Nico came to Crew SC with vast international experience that included working and coaching at the highest levels of the sport. His deep understanding of the game and our system as well as his dedication to this club have made him a great fit in his time with Crew SC. We believe he will transition nicely into his new role and we look forward to working with him on the First Team.”
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