In Loving Memory
It is with great regret that we pass along the sad news that Coach Wolfgang Sunholz passed away December 27th, after a brief illness.
Wolfgang was an internationally known player, a nationally known coach, and an Austin soccer icon for more than forty years. During his three years with Bayern Munich the club won two National championships.
We are proud and grateful that Wolfgang was part of our Georgetown soccer community for so long. His unique style of coaching and motivation will have a lifetime of impact on and off the field, for the hundreds of players he coached over the years.
GSA Force offers our heartfelt condolences to the Sunholz family, those who knew him, and all the players who played for him. This is a massive loss for his family, and the soccer community.
We will miss "Wolfie" forever.
Wolfgang Suhnholz was a legend in the soccer world, and he will always be part of our Force FC FAMILY!
Wolfgang played professional soccer for 17 years in Europe and the US. During his 3 years with world powerhouse Bayern Munich, the club won two National Championships. Wolfgang came to the US as player and as an Assistant Coach in the North American Soccer League, playing for the Boston Minutemen, the Toronto Metro-Croatia, the Las Vegas Quicksilver's, the LA Aztecs and the California Surf. He was named the 1976 Soccer Bowl MVP, capturing the title with Toronto. He earned All NASL first team honors, joining legends like Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and George Best.
At the local coaching level, Wolfgang was instrumental founding the Capital Soccer Club in Austin. He led the Club for over 20 years as the Director of Coaching. During his reign, the Caps won many Boy’s and Girl’s State Championships. Two of his teams had National recognition. In 1988, his U18 Boys' team was the first ever Austin team to make it to the Final Four National Championships, winning the State title, the Regional Championship in Florida and finishing 3rd in the Nation. In 1988, Wolfgang was named USYSA South Texas Coach of the Year. His 1992 Boys' team won the US Club National Championship in 2004. Wolfgang helped to develop many Caps players into various State teams, regional teams and National teams. Many went on to fulfill their dreams of playing in college and even becoming professional players. Wolfgang coached for Lonestar Soccer Club for five years, where he was the Director of LSC's Premier League teams. He also coached the 89/90/91/92//93/94/95 Premier League teams, the 98B State Classic League team and two 00B teams. Since 2002, Wolfgang has been a Head Coach for the USYSA Region 3 ODP program. For ODP, he coached the 86/87/88/89/91/93/95 Boy’s.
At the national coaching level, Wolfgang was a National Team Coach for the US Soccer Federation from 1996-2001. From 1996-1999, he was an Assistant Coach for the U16 Boy’s and the U20 Men’s National Teams. From 1999-2001, he was Head Coach for the U20 Men’s National Team. While coaching for US Soccer, Wolfgang went to two World Cups and led his U20 team to the second round in the 2001 World Cup in Argentina, only to fall to later 3rd place finisher Egypt 0-2.