Columbus Crew commits to Andrulis

The Columbus Crew General and head coach Greg Andrulis have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract, which will keep him at helm through the 2003 MLS season. Andrulis, 43, who joined the Crew during its inaugural 1996 season and served as Tom Fitzgerald's top assistant for more than four years, was promoted to interim head coach on May 17. Andrulis then guided Columbus to a 12-4-4 record -- which included a club-record nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2) -- and the No. 4 seed in the playoffs, where it was swept by San Jose in the quarterfinals. "I am grateful to the Hunt Sports group and [general manager] Jim Smith for the faith they have shown in me and for this opportunity to lead the Crew into the future," Andrulis said. "Coaching the Columbus Crew is a labor of love for me and we are already hard at work in preparation for the 2002 season. Nothing would give us greater satisfaction than to bring a championship to our incomparable fans and the city of Columbus. That is the goal we will continue to strive toward." Prior to joining The Crew, Andrulis spent 12 seasons (1985-96) as the head coach at Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio.
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