"Frank was our preferred candidate for this position. He knows TSG very well and over many years has not only internalised our special approach at Hoffenheim, our principles of footballing education and our training work from the academy to the professional team, but has even worked in a developmental capacity in many topic areas," said TSG director of football Alexander Rosen.
Before he had even completed his sports science degree in Frankfurt and Karlsruhe, Frank Fröhling worked as a grassroots coach for the DFB. It was at this time that he came into contact with Hoffenheim. He subsequently moved to TSG in 2007, initially working as a coach at U15 level. He later became head of the children's centre and took charge of the club's U23s on an interim basis. Before the 2013/14 season, he joined the first-team coaching staff as an assistant to Markus Gisdol. In October 2015, the A-licence holder left TSG and has since worked as an assistant coach at Hamburger SV, Schalke 04 and, most recently, SC Paderborn.
New Hoffenheim head coach André Breitenreiter already brought Darius Scholtysik, 55, with him from his previous club FC Zurich when he moved to TSG. The duo became Swiss champions there last season. Matthias Kaltenbach, who had been factored into his plans as a second assistant, left TSG last week to take up the same role at Dutch record champions Ajax Amsterdam. Like Fröhling, Kaltenbach worked at Hoffenheim for many years – all the way from the academy to the first team.