Günter Kronsteiner began coaching the Fort Lauderdale Strikers during the mid-season break in 2013. He comes to the Strikers from Austria where he has vast experience playing and coaching with some of the top teams in the country.
Kronsteiner’s professional career as a player began in 1978 in Austria with Donawitzer SV Leoben. He later played with FC Wacker Innsbruck, where he won two titles with the team in the Austrian Bundesliga and participated in the UEFA Cup. He then went on to play with FC Salzburg, LASK Linz and finally with Rapid Lienz where he began his coaching career as a player/coach in 1984.
Aside from his coaching experience, Kronsteiner has also worked as sports director for several organizations including FC Casino Salzburg, which reached the finals of the UEFA Cup in 1994.
In 2000, he hired Hans Backe, former Head Coach for the New York Red Bulls, as the coach of FC Casino Salzburg.
As the sports director for Austria Vienna, Kronsteiner oversaw Joachim Löw, before Löw was hired by Jürgen Klinsmann to be his assistant coach of the German National Team in 2004. Kronsteiner then took over Austria Vienna as the head coach and led the team to the Quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup in 2005.
Kronsteiner has recently been working as a team consultant and player manager with several teams and players throughout Europe.