When I heard my name, announcing the National Coach of the Year, I was surprised, but when the applause and the standing ovations started, I was really very proud. It was not always easy to be a step ahead and doing things other programs copied after 4-5 years, but all the hard work at the end paid off.
– Dr. Josef Schulz in an interview after the award ceremony
His skill and devotion to developing young players saw his academy earn many accolades throughout the years, winning many youth championships and helping to grow the opportunities available for young players not only throughout the area but also for players who travelled from across the world to attend his academy. His teams were known for playing fast and being tactically superior to their competition.
Dr. Schulz, got one of the biggest honors of coaching in the US, the “National Coach of the Year” award from the United States Adult Soccer Association. Named already as the “Region III Coach of the Year” a month ago, Dr. Schulz was one of the 4 coaches besides Brent Conley, Region I Coach of the Year of the Western New York Soccer Association, David Hebestreit, Region II Coach of the Year of the Michigan Soccer Association, and Gary Berry, Region IV Coach of the Year of the California State Soccer Association – South waiting for the announcement at the Midyear Meeting of USASA.
On the field he was known as a disciplinarian with high expectations from his players. However, off the field he had no problem showing the lighter side of his personality. He often would share funny stories and experiences with parents and truly enjoyed the personalities of his players despite their playing style. Outside of coaching he lived a quiet life in Boca Raton, with his lifelong wife Barbara, and son Markus and enjoyed relaxing with his family by his pool.