Brian Clarhaut (pronounced Clair-heart) is the 32-year-old manager of Nyköpings BIS (pronounced New-shoppings BISS) in the Swedish third division. He’s taken the road less traveled. Grew up in New Jersey, played college soccer, was an assistant at a few colleges in the Northeast, and then got an assistant coaching job in Sweden and was named head coach at the club mid-season in 2017. He gave a wide-ranging interview explaining his coaching path, his work in Nyköping, his views on the U.S. men’s national team and his coaching philosophy, among other things.
I broke the interview into three parts:
- 0:30 Clarhaut’s background, how he ended up coaching in Nyköping, how he landed the head coaching job, what third division soccer in Sweden is like, and how the last couple seasons have gone.
- 38:00 The state of American soccer, the Berhalter appointment, differences between MLS and European playing style, and American players he rates.
- 56:50 Coaching soccer in general, including UEFA licensing courses, his role models, his philosophy and use of periodization.