Remco de Jong rejoins the Memphis men's soccer team for his third season as a goalkeeper coach. In his first season on the Tiger coaching staff, de Jong helped goalkeeper Tyler Strom develop into one of Conference USA's best netminders.
"Remco is a product of one of the best programs in the world, so he brings a great deal of expertise to that position," head coach Richie Grant said. "He's very committed to improving our young keepers, and that's something you saw last year with Tyler Strom's development."
A native of Amsterdam, de Jong started playing soccer at Ajax in the Netherlands when he was 10-years-old. As a goalkeeper with Ajax, he played with John van het Schip, Stanly Menzo, and Marco van Basten, who coached the Dutch National team to a Round of 16 appearance at the 2006 World Cup.
de Jong's U-18 team, coached by three-time European Cup champion Johan Cruyff, won the Netherlands National Championship in 1981-82. His Ajax 3 team also won the national championship in 1985-86 and was a regional champion from 1985-88. In Holland, he coached the amateur club RKAVIC from 1996-2000 and is currently in his sixth year of coaching goalkeepers for the West Tennessee Futbol Club Dragons.
de Jong is married to Angela de Jong-Angelici, the executive producer of the Fox 13 morning show in Memphis. The couple has two children: daughter Alyssa and a son Luca.