Bob de Klerk was named Atlanta United’s Assistant Coach on Jan. 14, 2019. The Amsterdam native has coached at both the academy and professional levels, and previously worked with Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer in the world-renowned Ajax academy system.
His playing career began at Telstar in the Netherlands and he moved to KSV Waregem in the Netherlands to earn his first professional minutes. After a year in Belgium, de Klerk returned to the Netherlands to play for De Graafshap in the Dutch Eredivisie. Injuries cut his playing career short after only one season in the Dutch top flight.
De Klerk returned to Ajax in 2002 and became manager of the Ajax Amateur team. He guided that team to promotion to the Hoofdklasse, the fifth tier of Dutch football. He then transitioned to the Ajax A1 (U19) and the Ajax U21 team where he was an assistant manager. After de Boer was elevated to the First Team, de Klerk took charge of the A1 group. In January 2011, de Klerk moved to MLS and became an assistant coach with Toronto FC under fellow Dutch coach Aron Winter. During his stint in Toronto, the club won two Canadian Cups and reached the semifinal of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2011-12. He then moved to the Chinese Super League to become Director of Youth Development for Dalian Aerbin FC.
In September 2014, de Klerk returned to Canada to focus on youth development and became the first OPDL director in the history of Glen Shields FC in the York Region of Ontario. De Klerk comes to Atlanta United with a UEFA Pro Coaching License.