List of D.C. United head coaches
This is a list of D.C. United head coaches since the 1996 season. The club has had seven permanent head coaches. Bruce Arena was the club's inaugural coach in 1996, leaving his position coaching the men's soccer team at the University of Virginia. In 1998, after winning two MLS Cups and the 1996 U.S. Open Cup, Arena left to coach the United States men's national soccer team. Thomas Rongen then left his head coach position with the New England Revolution to come to D.C. Rongen led D.C. to another MLS cup in 1999 but was replaced by Ray Hudson in 2002, who was hired after the contraction of his Miami Fusion F.C. that year.
Hudson saw D.C. United fall to last in the table in 2002 and lose in the first round of the playoffs in 2003. Former Chicago Fire player Piotr (Peter) Nowak was then hired to replace Hudson, and led D.C. United to their fourth MLS Cup in 2004. Nowak left on December 21, 2006 for an assistant coaching position on the U.S. men's national team. Tom Soehn, another former Chicago Fire player, was hired next, and was the first American to coach the team since Bruce Arena. He left the team at the end of the 2009 season. On December 28, 2009 D.C. hired former Kansas City Wizards manager Curt Onalfo as their sixth head coach. On August 4, 2010, Onalfo was dismissed as head coach of D.C. United and former player Ben Olsen was named interim head coach. On November 29, 2010, Olsen was named head coach on a permanent basis.
List of head coaches
This list includes all those who have managed the club since 1996, when the club joined Major League Soccer for the first time, whether coaching on a full-time or caretaker basis. Games played include all League, Cup, Playoff, and Continental matches, and the win percentage is calculated from the total of games.
- Figures correct as of 14 May 2015. Includes all competitive matches
|Bruce Arena||January 3, 1996||October 30, 1998||131||74||153||42||-||-||56.48%||see below||-|
|Thomas Rongen||December 28, 1999||August 4, 2001||97||45||8||44||-||-||46.39%||see below||-|
|Ray Hudson||January 8, 2002||December 15, 2003||110||44||20||46||-||-||40.00%||-||-|
|Piotr Nowak||January 7, 2004||December 19, 2006||1103||50||26||34||178||143||45.45%||see below||-|
|Tom Soehn||December 21, 2006||November 3, 2009||110||48||25||37||171||152||43.64%||see below||-|
|Curt Onalfo||January 5, 2010||August 4, 2010||25||10||3||12||27||35||40.00%||-||-|
|Ben Olsen||November 29, 2010||Present||170||68||412||74||239||248||40.00%||see below||Interim coach from Aug. 5–Nov. 28, 2010|
- 1 Win% is rounded to a whole.
- 2 One drawn cup game lost after extra time.
- 3 MLS matches that went into penalty kick shootouts are counted as a draw
Coaches with Honors
|Bruce Arena||1996–1998||1996 U.S. Open Cup
1996 MLS Cup
1997 MLS Cup
1997 MLS Supporters' Shield
1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
1998 Copa Interamericana
|Thomas Rongen||1999–2001||1999 MLS Cup
1999 MLS Supporters' Shield
|Piotr Nowak||2004–2006||2004 MLS Cup
2006 MLS Supporters' Shield
|Tom Soehn||2007–2009||2007 MLS Supporters' Shield
2008 U.S. Open Cup
|Ben Olsen||2010–Present||2013 U.S. Open Cup|
- League and Playoff records sourced to: Litterer, Dave (June 16, 2011). "USA - Major League Soccer". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
- Cup records sourced to: Hikala, Josh. "1995 - Present (Pro Era)". TheCup.us. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
- Continental records sourced to: Torres, Steven. "CONCACAF Champions Cup and Champions League History" (PDF). CONCACAF. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- "America’s one and only United". FIFA. September 24, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
- Bell, Jack (January 9, 2002). "Major League Soccer Eliminates Two Teams". The New York Times. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
- Connolly, Marc (January 8, 2004). "Newest coaches will be under pressure". ESPN Soccernet.com. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
- "Soehn will not return to D.C. United". The Miami Herald. The Sports Network. November 3, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2009.[dead link]
- Hansen, Drew (December 29, 2009). "Ex-D.C. player Onalfo named United's coach". The Washington Times. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
- Goff, Steven (August 4, 2010). "D.C. United fires Coach Curt Onalfo". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Ben Olsen named D.C. United Head Coach". November 29, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010.