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Tony Jouaux joins New York Red Bulls as Strength and Conditioning Coach

The technical staff's Chicago connection just got a little stronger.

Abel Arciniega-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls have announced the appointment of Tony Jouaux as the team's Strength and Conditioning coach. He replaces Albert Altarriba Bartes, who had held the position since 2013, but recently left RBNY to take a job in Spain, his home country.

Jouaux's last job was as Assistant Coach and Fitness Coach for the Premier Development League's Des Moines Menace. One suspects, however, it may be the four years he spent as Chicago Fire's Strength and Conditioning coach that recommended him to RBNY.

The Red Bulls' technical staff has drawn heavily on former Fire players and staff this season: head coach Jesse Marsch was a player for Chicago from 1998 to 2005, where he played alongside current RBNY first team assistant coach Chris Armas (who retired as a player in 2007 after 10 consecutive seasons with the Fire). Both men worked under Denis Hamlett - now Marsch's primary assistant - who was an assistant coach with the Fire from 1998 to 2007, and head coach in Chicago from 2008 to 2009 (Armas was part of the coaching staff in 2008).

Jouaux didn't start working in Chicago until 2011, by which time his three new colleagues had moved on from their association with the Fire. So the connection might be little more than coincidence.

The Red Bulls' new strength and conditioning has an interesting story of serendipity and perseverance to explain how he made the move from his native France to America. And something of his coaching philosophy and experience can be read here.