Laurent Courtois — Crew 2 Head Coach
Laurent Courtois became the first Head Coach in Columbus Crew 2’s history on January 28, 2022, ahead of Crew 2’s inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season.
Courtois joined the the Crew as the head coach for the Crew Academy’s Under-17 team in 2019 before taking on the role of U-19 head coach in 2021. His previous coaching experience includes working as an assistant coach for LA Galaxy II, as well as serving as a head coach for French side Olympique Lyonnais Academy – which he attended as a youth player – at the U-16 and U-15 levels. Courtois also worked as an assistant coach for the Olympique Lyonnais Academy’s U-17 squad.
Courtois holds both a U.S. Soccer Federation ‘A’ license and an UEFA ‘A’ license. He joined the Crew as the head coach for the Crew Academy’s U-17 team in 2019 before taking on the role of U-19 head coach in 2021.
A former professional player, Courtois’ career saw him play in Spain for Levante UD; in France for AC Ajaccio, Toulouse FC, FC Istres and Grenoble Foot 38; in England with West Ham United FC and in the U.S. with Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy. He also served a player/coach for LA Galaxy II during the team’s inaugural season in 2014.