clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The Crew announces Wilfried Nancy’s first-year coaching staff

The Black & Gold make staff hirings official.

New assistant coach Yoann Damet works with Crew players during preseason.
Sam Fahmi - Massive Report

The Columbus Crew officially announced the hiring of Wilfried Nancy as the club’s new head coach in early December, but Nancy won’t be leading the Black & Gold alone. On Tuesday, the Crew made official Nancy’s coaching staff in Columbus, a group that has been together already during the first week of preseason, which began on Jan. 9.

Serving as assistant coaches under Nancy are Kwame Ampadu and Yoann Damet. Phil Boerger, who previously worked with reserve team Crew 2, will be the first team’s new goalkeeper coach, while Jules Gueguen will be the fitness coach in addition to an assistant and Maxime Chalier is the team’s new video performance coach.

“We would like to welcome Kwame, Yoann, Jules and Maxime to Columbus,” club president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in the press release announcing the appointments. “We are also proud to announce Phil’s promotion. He was instrumental in Crew 2’s defensive successes during their championship run and we are excited to see him join the first team. With the addition of Wilfried and the new members of the coaching staff, we have assembled a strong group that will lead the team and foster a winning culture within our locker room.”

Ampadu comes to the Black & Gold along with Nancy from CF Montreal where he was an assistant coach for each of the last three seasons. He also served in a similar role for French Ligue 1 side AS Monaco from 2018-20. Ampadu’s coaching career began with Exeter City’s Under-18 side in England in 2008. He also worked as a coach in Arsenal’s Academy at various age groups following a playing career with the Gunners as well as Plymouth Argyle, West Brom Albion, Swansea City, Leyton Orient, Exeter City, Newport Country and Tiberton.

Damet has plenty of experience in Major League Soccer, working with clubs within the league since 2014. After beginning his coaching career in his native France in 2006 with youth sides at Beaune FC, Jura Sud Foot and Dijon FCO, Dament moved to MLS and Montreal, working as a coach in the club’s academy at the U-12 (2014-15) and U-18 (2015-17) where he worked with Nancy. Dament was then hired by Crew rival FC Cincinnati in 2017, first serving as an assistant coach before being named interim head coach in 2019-20. He spent last season as an assistant coach for the LA Galaxy and a head coach of LA Galaxy II.

Boerger helped Crew 2 to the first-ever MLS NEXT Pro title last season, coaching Black & Gold goalkeepers Patrick Schulte and Brady Scott. The duo combined for a league-best 12 shutouts and a league-low 22 goals against. Prior to coming to Columbus, Boerger coached goalkeepers for Toronto FC II of the USL Championship from 2016-21. His stint in Canada overlapped with Bezbatchenko and Crew 2 general manager Corey Wray. Prior to his jump to the professional ranks, Boerger was an assistant coach on multiple college sides, including at Syracuse University, Florida Gulf Coast University and Georgia Southern University.

Gueguen also worked under Nancy in Montreal where he was the first team fitness coach from 2020-22. He held a similar role for the CF Montreal Academy from 2006-20 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in physical activity intervention from UQAM and a master’s degree in science, sports science and sports psychology from Lund University in Sweden.

The final member of the Montreal contingent to join Nancy in Columbus is Chalier. He served as Montreal’s first team video analyst from 2020-22 and was an academy video analyst for the club from 2018-20. Prior to his time with CF Montreal, Chalier worked with Canadian side FC Gatineau as the club’s assistant technical director.

“I am thrilled to have the full coaching staff in place as we embark on this journey together,” Nancy said in the release. “I know that each member of the team brings unique strengths that complement each other, and I look forward to working hand-in-hand with Kwame, Yoann, Phil, Jules and Maxime as we work towards bringing another trophy to Columbus.”

The Crew is on to the second phase of the preseason in South Florida where the Black & Gold will train in Port St. Lucie from Jan. 16-27. The team will return to Columbus and train locally from Jan. 28 – Feb. 5, before departing for the final phase in Fort Lauderdale from Feb. 6-18.