• Ryan Chapman

OKC Energy and Head Coach John Pascarella Part Ways

The Oklahoma City Energy and head coach John Pascarella have "mutually" parted ways.

Pascarella was just 23 matches into his tenure for the Energy, posting a record of 1-11-11 during his time on the touchline in OKC.

“We would like to thank John for his efforts and care for our club and community since his arrival,” Energy FC COO Jeff Kretchmar said in a press release. “John provided leadership to help get us through a tough 2020 season, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

“Our city and fans expect and, more importantly, deserve a world class football club, and we will make every effort to earn the hearts and minds of OKC.”

The club will begin searching for the next head coach immediately, but in the meantime assistant Leigh Veidman has been promoted to the interim manager.

It has been 323 days since the Energy won a game, coming in the form of a 3-1 victory over Austin Bold FC last July.

Fans have also waited 651 days to see the Greens win at Taft Stadium, also a victory agains the Bold, under then-head coach Steve Cooke.

With seven games played already in the 2021 season, the Energy sit on just four points and are in seventh place in the USL Central Division. Oklahoma City sits four points off of fourth place Atlanta United 2 for a playoff spot, but ATL2 holds a game in hand over OKC and fifth place Louisville City holds three games in hand on the Energy with seven points.

Veidman will serve as the fourth manager in club history while the search for a permanent replacement is ongoing.

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