El Paso Locomotive FC has appointed Brian Clarhaut as the club's new Head Coach and Technical Director as it moves into the 2023 USL Championship season.
EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Locomotive FC announced on Thursday the club had apppointed Brian Clarhaut as its new Head Coach and Technical Director as the club enters its fifth USL Championship campaign. Clarhaut becomes the third Head Coach in Locomotive FC’s history, taking the reins after the departure of John Hutchinson earlier this offseason.
“We look forward to welcoming Brian and his family to El Paso and the Locomotive,” said President of MountainStar Sports Group Alan Ledford. “He brings a unique combination of high-level experience in European football with experience and knowledge of the U.S. and USL soccer landscape. We’re thrilled to have someone with Brian’s credentials aboard to continue to lead the Locomotive into the future.”
A native of Medford, New Jersey, Clarhaut has 11 years of coaching experience and was one of the few American coaches managing a team in Europe in recent years, most recently as the head coach of GIF Sundsvall in the Allsvenskan, the top tier of Swedish professional soccer.
The 36-year-old built a reputation for himself in Sweden after scaling up the tiers of professional soccer with his attacking style of play and an ability to recruit and develop young players.
“We have always kept tabs on Americans coaching abroad and Brian caught our attention as having quickly climbed the Swedish soccer pyramid, an impressive and difficult achievement,” said Andrew Forrest, Locomotive FC General Manager, Business & Technical Operations. “We believe his high press and energetic style will help us win games and entertain fans. His intense and modern outlook on the game coupled with his desire to win made him the perfect candidate.”
Clarhaut’s first head coaching position came in the 2017-18 season at Nyköpings BIS in Sweden’s third division, where he had served as the club’s assistant the year prior.
After three seasons with Nyköpings, he moved up into the second division as head coach for Umeå FC before taking on an assistant coach position with GIF Sundsvall in 2021. Clarhaut played a vital role in the club’s promotion to the Allsvenskan and took over as Head Coach in July of the 2022 season.
Clarhaut’s managerial experiences also include his Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach roles at Temple University, University of Connecticut and Stevens Institute of Technology. He currently holds a UEFA ‘A’ license.