VfL Wolfsburg Women have confirmed Tommy Stroot as their new head coach from the start of the 2021/22 season. The 31-year-old will take over the reins on 1 July 2021 from Stephan Lerch, who turned down the club’s offer to renew his expiring contract. Stroot has signed a deal through to 30 June 2023 and will be moving to VfL from FC Twente, where he has been since 2016 after previously coaching then-second-division side SV Meppen (who are now in the Bundesliga). With Twente he won the Dutch league in 2019 and the League Cup in 2020, and also faced the She-Wolves in the Round of 16 of last season’s Champions League (going down 0-6 and 0-1).
“Really looking forward to it”
Born in Nordhorn on the German side of the Dutch border, Stroot began coaching at an early age, training a number of junior teams at SV Victoria Gersten, whose women’s football section became part of SV Meppen in 2011. As head coach of Meppen after acquiring his A Licence, Stroot crossed swords on a number of occasions with Lerch, who was coaching VfL Women’s U20s at the time. “I’m really looking forward to continuing my coaching career with VfL Wolfsburg as of next summer,” said Stroot. “VfL is one of the foremost women’s clubs and I’ll be getting a chance to work with top international players and challenge for silverware. I’d like to thank Ralf Kellermann for the very honest discussions that we’ve had and the trust he’s showing in me, and also those in charge at FC Twente who have made this move possible. Obviously my focus this season is completely and utterly on FC Twente, but at the same time I’ll be keeping a close eye on VfL Wolfsburg’s progress. I’d like to wish my fellow coach Stephan and his team every success.”
“Fits in perfectly with our philosophy”
“I’ve been following the success that Tommy has had at FC Twente for a number of years now and we’ve always kept in contact,” said Kellermann, sporting director of VfL Women. “He has moulded a team over in Enschede full of young talent but with a few experienced players as well. The way he lets his players express themselves fits in perfectly with our philosophy, and Tommy is also someone with a lot of social skills. I’m convinced that Tommy will carry on the success that Stephan has had and I’m delighted that we’ve managed to fill the key position of head coach as early as we have. In terms of planning for the future as regards the squad, we’re in a strong position.”