Polish-born New Yorker Jack Stefanowski, 37, became one of the few Americans to coach a foreign national team when yesterday he was appointed head coach of the Nepal national team. Stefanowski begins the assignment this month.
FIFA ranks Nepal as 171 out of 207 nations.
Stefanowski holds a UEFA "A" license, USSF "B" license and National Goalkeeping license and has 15 years of coaching experience. He replaces English coach Graham Roberts.
Stefanowski previously was assistant coach and goalie coach of the D2 NASL Puerto Rico Islanders and interim coach of the Puerto Rico men's and women's national teams. He was named Coach of the Year in 2009 in Puerto Rico. In 2010, Stefanowski's squad eliminated reigning MLS Champions the Los Angeles Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League and helped lead the Islanders to the D2 Championship.
"I have known Jack since my first day in Puerto Rico and his work ethic is second to none," said Islanders head coach Adrian Whitbread. "He has all the qualities you love in a person - he’s a hard worker who you don’t have to ask twice to get a job done and he just smiles and gets on with it."
Stefanowski graduated from NYU in 1997, then served as head coach at Briarcliff College and an assistant coach at St. Peter's, Stony Brook and NYU.