Stroot to leave next season

Head coach Tommy Stroot and VfL Women will part company after the coming season.

The 2024/25 season will be Tommy Stroot’s last as head coach of VfL Wolfsburg Women. The 35-year-old has rejected the club’s offer to extend his contract, which expires on 30 June 2025. Stroot has been in charge since summer 2021, succeeding Stephan Lerch.

He won the league and cup double with VfL in his first season, which he followed up with two more cup successes in 2023 and 2024. Stroot also guided the She-Wolves to the final of the UEFA Women’s Champions League in 2022/23. He has overseen 106 competitive matches for the Green-and-Whites to date and successfully completed the UEFA Pro Licence course earlier this year.

“Not a decision against VfL”

“I’m very grateful that I was given the chance three years ago to work as head coach at one of the most successful clubs in women’s football,” said Stroot. “The job of forming outstanding individuals and promising talents into a unit and pursuing ambitious goals with a hungry team, as well as winning titles, still fills me with pride and joy. Irrespective of that, my family and I have come to the decision to embark on a new challenge in 2025. This is a decision for a change, but not a decision against VfL Wolfsburg. My thanks go to Ralf Kellermann for his wholehearted faith in me and my coaching staff, and also for his great understanding. Now I’m looking forward to a few relaxing days, to then go into the preparations for the 2024/25 season with the batteries recharged.”

“Excellent collaboration”

Ralf Kellermann, director of women’s football at VfL Wolfsburg, explained: “We would gladly have liked to continue our successful collaboration with Tommy beyond 2025 and work together to build a VfL team of the future in an increasingly demanding European and national competition. I therefore deeply regret that Tommy has other plans and has not accepted the offer of a contract extension beyond 2025. In very trusting and open discussions, Tommy explained his reasons to me, which are not financial and which I fully respect. That being the case, I am 100 percent convinced that we will continue our excellent collaboration unchanged, despite the now definite certainty that we will be going our separate ways in 2025.”