Philadelphia Union Name Dick Schreuder As Assistant Coach
Schreuder joins Jim Curtin’s staff after decade-plus playing career and three-and-a-half year tenure as head coach of Dutch side VV Katwijk
CHESTER, Pa. (March 27, 2018) – Philadelphia Union today announced that Dick Schreuder has officially been named as an Assistant Coach. Formerly the head coach of Dutch club VV Katwijk, Schreuder joins B.J. Callaghan, Pat Noonan and Tim Hanley (Goalkeeping Coach) on Union Head Coach Jim Curtin’s staff.
Schreuder joins the Union after three-and-a-half years at the helm of Katwijk, including a 17-7-6 mark in the 2015-16 Topklasse that saw the side promoted to the newly formed Tweede Divisie, where he guided the team to a third place finish in that league in 2016-17.
“We are pleased to welcome a coach of Dick’s caliber and ability to our staff,” said Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart. “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.”
“We’re excited to welcome Dick to our coaching staff,” added Union Head Coach Jim Curtin. “As a club, we’re always looking to add talent, whether in the form of players on the field or on the coaching staff. We’re looking forward to having Dick officially on staff as we continue the 2018 season.”
Born in Barneveld, Netherlands, Schreuder departed Katwijk earlier this year with the side in first place in the 2017-18 Tweede Divisie with a 15-4-0 record, leading the table by six points at the time. Prior to his successful spell with Katwijk, he coached for English club Barnet and Dutch club SDV Barneveld.
As a player, Schreuder plied his trade for over 10 years across the Netherlands and England. He started his career at PSV Eindhoven and later would play for VC Vlissingen, Sparta Rotterdam, Groningen, RKC Wallwijk, Stoke City, Helmond Sport and Go Ahead Eagles. In total, he appeared in 95 matches in the Dutch topflight.