The San Jose Earthquakes officially named Mikael Stahre as the team’s new head coach, replacing Chris Leitch, who will remain as the team’s technical director.
Stahre comes from Sweden, where he was the head coach at Bollklubben Häcken (BK Häcken FC). Last season, BK Häcken finished with an impressive 14-6-10 record, and surrendered just 28 goals in 30 league games, finishing fourth with 52 points and a +14 goal differential, just one point back of third overall.
Stahre has a history of success. He began his coaching career in 2007 with Sweden’s third division with FC Vasby United, where they finished second and earned a promotion to second division.
After a second season with Vasby, Stahre moved to Allmänna Idrottsklubben (AIK) in 2009 and helped his club secure two trophies: the Swedish Cup and the league trophy.
Stahre continued to hone his craft in Greece, Sweden, and China as the head coach of Panionios (Greece), IFK Goteborg (Sweden), and Dalian Yifang FC (China). In 2013, IFK won the Swedish Cup. In China during the 2015 season, Stahre helped DYFC finish third place in China’s Division One league, one spot short of promotion to the Chinese Super League. In January of this year, Stahre took over Bollklubben Häcken.
Stahre has a history of success, and should help the Quakes move up the table as he’s been able to do at so many other clubs.