Over the past few days, VfL Wolfsburg Women have been making moves for the forthcoming season, not only in terms of the squad but also on the coaching staff. The good news is that there is a contract extension to report, with assistant coach Ariane Hingst set to stay with the five-time German league champions until at least 30 June 2021. The 40-year-old from Berlin, who is one of her country’s most successful players of all time with two World Cups and four European Championships to her name, has been on VfL’s coaching staff since 2016. This is her first port of call after hanging up her boots in 2013, having won no fewer than 174 caps for Germany as a player.
“Always gives us a shot in the arm”
“I feel very much at home at VfL Wolfsburg and am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead of us,” Hingst said. “Changes to our coaching staff have always given us a shot in the arm in recent years, and I’ve been the first to benefit from that. I also like the mentality at VfL Wolfsburg, where everyone wants to go the extra mile and is open to trying new things!”
Ralf Kellermann, VfL Women’s Sporting Director, was Hingst’s head coach in the 2016/17 season before Stephan Lerch stepped into that role, which he still occupies today. “She has incredible experience as a top player and as an expert in women’s football on a global scale,” Kellermann said. “For almost four years now, Ariane has been an important part of our successful coaching team, which is why I am so delighted that we will be able to carry on working together beyond the current season!”