HOFFENHEIM, Germany - Pellegrino Matarazzo '99SEAS has been promoted to an assistant coach at TSG Hoffenheim of the German Bundesliga, announced last week by the club.
“I’m happy that Pellegrino has taken us up on our offer and taken on the role of assistant coach,” says head coach Julian Nagelsmann, who is an admirer of Matarazzo “both professionally and personally” and is looking forward to “working with him and having a new source of input to work with.”
Pellegrino Matarazzo has been at TSG Hoffenheim since July of last year, after arriving from a successful spell working with 1. FC Nürnberg’s academy. Matarazzo, who was born in Wayne, New Jersey, and holds both American and Italian citizenship, got to know Julian Nagelsmann at the DFB’s 62nd football coaching course. Throughout the course, Nagelsmann and Matarazzo shared a room in the sport school of Hennef. TSG Hoffenheim has been known to promote from within, which made Matarazzo an easy fit as he was the head coach of the U17 club.
At the moment, TSG Hoffenheim sits in eighth place, a mere two points away from a Champions League spot, having most recently completed Matchday 18 of the 34 on the schedule. The club plays at the 30,150-seat Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena in the state of Baden-Württemberg, which is located in the southwest corner of Germany. Very few Americans get the opportunity to coach in the Bundesliga, with Steve Cherundolo, a former member of the U.S. men's national team, being the only other known American coach in the league.
The Matarazzo name is synonymous with the Columbia men's soccer program, as a trio of brothers have all had success on the pitch while playing for the Lions. Pellegrino, a two-time All-Ivy League selection, has two younger brothers Leopoldo '01CC and Antonio '16CC, who were both All-Ivy League honorees themselves while at Columbia, with Antonio becoming a 2016 selection MLS SuperDraft selection by Orlando City SC.