Greg Vanney during his final game as Toronto FC coach. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto FC announced Tuesday that Greg Vanney has stepoed down as head coach and technical director.
Vanney, 46, departs the club as the most successful and longest tenured coach in Toronto FC history, holding every coaching record. That includes matches managed (250) and wins (112).
He also led the Reds to the historic treble winning season in 2017, winning the MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and the Canadian Championship, becoming the first MLS club to secure a domestic treble.
“I want to thank Mr. Tanenbaum, the board of directors and MLSE for their unwavering support for the past seven years,” Vanney said in a statement. “I recognize that I have been extremely fortunate to work for one of the best ownership groups in all of sports. I also want to thank Bill [Manning, club president] and Ali [Curtis, general manager] for their support and leadership and most importantly the relationships we’ve developed over the years.
“Thank you to all of the TFC staff and players for the incredible experiences we’ve shared together during this journey. I’m forever grateful to each of you. Lastly, to the TFC Fans. You’re truly amazing and the memories and emotions from our biggest nights together will be cherished.”
During his Toronto tenure, Vanney’s side qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs five times in the past six seasons (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020), appeared in three MLS Cup finals (2016, 2017, 2019) and was Concacaf Champions League finalists (2018). The club also won three Canadian Championships (2016, 2017, 2018) and three Eastern Conference championships (2016, 2017, 2019).
Vanney was named both the MLS coach of the year and Concacaf coach of the year in 2017.
“I wish Greg nothing but the best in the future,” Manning said in a statement. “Back in 2014 he took over the head coach duties for a team that had never made the playoffs and turned them into an MLS champion. More than that, he is of high character and a great family man. I thank him for time well served for our club, his legacy here in Toronto is secure.”
Vanney joined Toronto FC as the club’s assistant general manager and academy director Dec. 11, 2013. He became the ninth head coach in club history Aug. 31, 2014 and was named the club’s technical director at that time.
“During the time that I got to work with Greg, I was so impressed with his knowledge of the game, his passion for teaching and his ability to connect with players. Getting to the MLS Cup final last year and contending until the final week this year for the Supporters’ Shield, despite so many obstacles, shows what type of coach, man, and friend that he is,” Curtis said a statement. “I will miss working with Greg and wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”
The search for Vanney’s replacement will begin immediately.