At the tender age of 24, Fabio Ingolitsch was allowed to call himself “the youngest A-license coach in Austria” and at the same time assistant coach of a professional club in domestic football.
“Kücken” completes the highest training as a trainer
The next milestone follows just five years later. The trained pedagogue has had another title in his pocket since Tuesday. Not just any, but the UEFA Pro license – the highest level of coaching education.
“Age is basically irrelevant. Because standing still doesn’t get you any further,” said Ingolitsch in an interview with SALZBURG24. “I’m really looking forward to it. Because the highest level of trainer training is really great.”
Scramble for admission
In September of the previous year, 20 men in 400 training units set out to receive the highest possible international coach training and thus theoretically to be able to train every football team in the world. The Bischofshofener belonged to the elite circle and at 29 years of age is the “chick” among the top coaches.
The 20 graduates were selected for the first time according to new selection criteria: ÖFB sports director Peter Schöttel, Dominik Thalhammer as overall manager of coaching and advanced training and Thomas Eidler as sports director of coaching and advanced training have realigned the application process.
In addition to the general selection criteria and the potential analysis, a professional assessment was integrated into the selection process for the UEFA Pro diploma. This was weighted at 60 percent in combination with the potential analysis in the overall assessment of the applicants. The general selection criteria (coaching career, playing career, training, certificate A diploma) make up 40 percent of the total points.
The course focused on the trainees’ personality and not on the tactical, technical facets of football.
Four Salzburgers there
In addition to the bull, there are also other Salzburgers among the participants: Alexander Schriebl (ex Seekirchen and Horn coach), Danijel Zenkovic (Salzburg Academy and Hartberg) and Christian Heidenreich (chief analyst at the bulls) concluded this with the pro Diploma. For the first time this year, there were no grades for the course – the instructors were rated with a diagram.
“In addition to my full-time job, I have invested a lot of time and energy. If you notice how you are developing, it is worth the effort,” emphasized the Bischofshofener.
Coach career started at the age of 20
At the age of 20 he embarked on his career as a soccer teacher, completing all skill levels in a hurry. In July 2017, Ingolitsch should actually have become a teacher at St. Johanner Gymnasium. As fate would have it, a phone call from Liefering managing director Manfred Pamminger changed his entire life. The Pongauer fulfilled his dream at second division FC Liefering as “Co” under Gerhard Struber and Janusz Gora.
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After the Salzburg resident had gained valuable experience as assistant to FC Liefering for three and a half years by January 2021, the next step followed: Ingolitsch was able to prove his skills for the first time as head coach at the Bulls. Since last winter he has been in charge of the U18 and promptly became a champion. In the current season his team has a flawless vest: The U18 were able to win all five games and laughed with a goal difference of 24: 3 from the top of the table of the ÖFB youth league.
Talented coach is committed to cops
A few weeks after the end of the last season, Ingolitsch saw another “change in the air”. Because the 29-year-old received an offer from the second division champion Blau-Weiß Linz in the summer. “I will definitely stay with Salzburg. I had a positive conversation with the club and canceled BW Linz. I identified 100% with the Red Bull Salzburg game philosophy and therefore decided to stay,” Ingolitsch told SALZBURG24 in June.
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Ingolitsch wants to “learn from the best”
In addition, the development opportunities at the Austrian serial champion also played an important role in the Bischofshofeners’ whereabouts. “It was never the plan that I would leave the Bulls after six months as head coach at the U18. My development here is not over. I want to continue to work hard on myself and become a better coach. Here I can reach my full potential and learn from the best “, Ingolitsch a few months ago, who sees his strengths in terms of tactics. He wants to keep working hard on his communication, body language and leadership skills.
Struberkrieg Ingolitsch’s teacher
According to Ingolitsch, he learned the most from Red Bull New York coach Gerhard Struber: “Back then, when he was a newbie, he put his full trust in me.” The 29-year-old continues to see his future at Red Bull Salzburg. With his young age, the idea of playing football and his irrepressible ambition, he also fits perfectly into the trainer profile of the serial champion.
If the talent continues to win records and titles, nothing stands in the way of a great coaching career.