On Tuesday 10/11/2021, Louisville City FC teased an announcement that was shortly after confirmed by WHAS11’s Tyler Greever; Danny Cruz had been given the full-time head coaching gig. Coach Cruz had been awarded the interim job after the sudden departure of John Hackworth earlier this season.
“We have been delighted with how Danny has handled the team since taking on the interim position,” said James O’Connor, the club’s executive vice president of development. “On a personal level, I have also really enjoyed working with him. Danny is developing into one of the brightest young coaches in the country, and we are thrilled to have secured his position here.”
“I am absolutely thrilled for Danny," said team captain Paolo DelPiccolo. "He is the hardest working person I’ve ever seen in my life. He understands the game and the players so well. I don’t think anyone is surprised that he was given the job because of the work we see him put in every single day. There is no question he fits the Louisville City culture, and I know the players are excited to play for him.”
“It is an honor and a privilege to be the head coach at Louisville City FC," Coach Cruz said. "I am fortunate that I am able to work with an incredible group of men in that locker room every day. They are the biggest reason this is possible, and I am grateful for that. While this is a special day, my focus has been and will continue to be on one thing — and that is bringing another championship to Louisville. I understand the expectations at a club of this stature and won’t ever take that for granted.”
Coach Cruz’s coaching career began after the conclusion of the 2017 season when he hung up his boots and took a role with Real Monarchs SLC. He didn’t stay there long as he joined the LouCity family when John Hackworth was named head coach. He has spent the majority of the 2021 season in charge and, despite the disruption in leadership, the squad has not missed a beat. With the 2nd most goals, lowest xG against per match (0.95), and a +23 goal differential (among other impressive team stats as seen here), Coach Cruz has maintained the culture of success the club has seen since its inception. He is well like by the front office, players, and fans and the reception online shows it (the internet can be hard to please!). Personally, I am over the moon with the decision. He has been an integral part of the team's success since his arrival. Congratulation, Coach Cruz! Now, go out there and get that third star!
Simon Bird is also losing the interim tag and will remain permanently as Assistant Coach.