Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Dynamo announced Tuesday that Owen Coyle has been appointed as the club's new head coach.

The 48-year-old follows Dominic Kinnear as the second head coach in Dynamo history, bringing extensive experience to Houston as a player and manager in the upper levels of English and Scottish soccer.

"First and foremost I'm thankful for the opportunity to come to the Houston Dynamo," Coyle said. "It is nice to be wanted by a fantastic club and I feel we have a great opportunity to put a team on the pitch that is pleasing on the eye and can win games. I've been watching Houston Dynamo for many years and I know the atmosphere of the supporters. The league is thriving and the opportunity to join a big club like the Dynamo is very exciting for me."

Coyle helped Burnley gain promotion to England's Premier League in 2009, the first time the club reached the top tier in 33 years. He also spent time at the helm of Bolton Wanderers where he managed the likes of Tim Ream, Stuart Holden, Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge.

As a player, Coyle scored over 200 goals in more than 600 professional appearances, enjoying stints with Botlon, Dumbarton, Motherwell and Airdrieonians.