The Cedar Rapids Rampage announced the hiring of Jonathan Greenfield as its new Head Coach at a team press conference today at Buffalo Wild Wings on Edgewood Road.
Greenfield becomes the third coach in franchise history and inherits a team that went 12-8, but just missed out on qualifying for the playoffs last year in the competitive MASL Central Division.
The South African native was signed as a free agent defender last September 14 and scored two goals and seven assists in 15 games. Greenfield played the prior six seasons for the Milwaukee Wave and has also played for the Baltimore Blast and Detroit Ignition indoors, and several professional teams outdoors. The 2017/18 season will be his 14th season as a player and first as a coach. Greenfield, now a US citizen, has excelled in multiple disciplines of soccer, representing the USA on the national futsal and beach soccer teams in addition to his indoor and outdoor soccer exploits.
During his indoor career Greenfield has won four championships and has played for Keith Tozer and Danny Kelly, two of the most successful coaches in the sport’s history. He also notably played for Mark Pulisic, whose now-18-year old son Christian is a national soccer sensation.
The 35-year old takes over a team that already has nine returning players signed thus far, and has added free agent superstar Taylor Bond, who scored 40 goals last year for the Chicago Mustangs.
“It feels great to become a coach and I’m very thankful for the opportunity that the Rampage is giving me,” said Greenfield. “My goal is to continue with the momentum from last year and take the team to the next step which for us would be a spot in the playoffs.”
“We are delighted that Jonathan accepted our offer to become our new coach,” said Rampage co-owner and General Manager Chris Kokalis. “The players know him and respect him. He was a big part of our turnaround last year and we think he can help take us to the next level this season.”