After the news of assistant coach John Ellinger retiring last week, many wondered what the next step would be for the bench at FC Dallas. It turns out Schellas Hyndman and the front office made their choice today by naming long-time assistant coach Marco Ferruzzi the top assistant coach to Hyndman.
Hyndman said that it was an easy transition to make from Ellinger to Ferruzzi, given his history with the team and the league.
"First assistant is a logical progression for an assistant coach who has done as well as Marco," said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. "He has developed a lot of respect among his peers and shown the qualities we expect out of our first assistant coach. We are very excited to have him continue to grow in his role with FC Dallas. This puts him on the path to one day be considered for an MLS head coaching position."
Ferruzzi served as head coach of the FC Dallas Reserves in 2012, guiding the squad to a 6-3-1 record. The FC Dallas reserves finished the season in second place of the MLS Reserve League's Central/Mountain Division. The 20 points earned in 2012 was the fifth-best total in the19-team MLS Reserve League this season.
On a day-to-day basis, Ferruzzi assists in running practices for the FC Dallas first team, evaluating players and scouting college and youth prospects.
So now it seems as though there is another opening on the bench, a new Reserves Team manager. Will FC Dallas be able to convince Daniel Hernandez into that role? Or will they go elsewhere to find a coach for that side? Only time will tell what the next move is for the team in regards to that.