Former Minnesota United manager named as Forward Madison FC head coach

Forward Madison FC Head Coach Carl Craig
Forward Madison FC has hired Carl Craig as Head Coach & Technical Director.
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MADISON, Wis. — Forward Madison FC has hired former Minnesota United manager Carl Craig as the Flamingos’ new head coach and technical director.

Craig has more than 30 years of coaching experience in youth and professional leagues, according to a news release.

During his time with Minnesota United FC, then known as the North American Soccer League’s Minnesota Stars, Craig and the team won the NASL championship in 2011, placed as runners-up in 2012 and had the league’s best regular season record in 2014. He was named head coach of the team in 2016, the year before Minnesota United moved to Major League Soccer.

“The diversity and the eclectic mix of people who support the football team here was, frankly, the ultimate attraction for me,” Craig said. “Football can create a good community. I believe in that. The football is the reason it gets us here, but it’s the other stuff that goes around football which is really what it’s all about.”

Chief Operating Officer and Owner Conor Caloia said Craig has the skills needed to win on the field and build a relationship with the team’s supporters.

“After a thorough search, it became clear to our ownership group, our staff and our supporters that there was one person that fit the culture and community of Forward Madison FC,” Caloia said. “We share a vision for this Club on and off the field. We are excited to welcome Carl to Madison and look forward to one day celebrating a USL League One championship together.”