Green Bay USL League Two Announces Assistant Coach
Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, Wednesday, February 6, 2019: Ahead of announcing their team name, logo and colors this Saturday at 3:30 at Green Bay Distillery, Green Bay USL League two are announcing their assistant coach. Former professional soccer player and Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Pierce was named assistant coach of Green Bay’s new USL League Two team. The announcement of the veteran collegiate coach’s appointment was made by Green Bay USL League Two’s General Manager Dannon Anderson.
Pierce is a Green Bay resident whose playing career included an NCAA Championship at the University of Connecticut as well as an eight-year career with the Milwaukee Wave where he was a three time All-Pro goalkeeper. Pierce’s successful playing career earned him an induction to the Milwaukee Wave Hall of Fame in 2010.
“I am very excited to be working with the Green Bay organization to bring quality soccer to the Green Bay area. It is extremely enjoyable to be a part of the development and the success of these young players!” Pierce said.
The former goalie is a southern Illinois native who has been coaching at the collegiate level for over 20 years. Pierce has experience coaching both men’s and women’s teams and has helped improve the soccer program at seven different NCAA institutions. He is currently the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Wisconsin Lutheran College, a position he has held for nine years. In his role with Green Bay USL League Two, he will support Head Coach Brian Kamler’s efforts in recruiting and training the team.
Green Bay USL League Two Head Coach Brian Kamler sees Pierce as a great fit for the team. “I am thrilled Tony is joining our staff! The young men on our team will benefit from his wealth of knowledge on the game. He is not only going to be a great asset for the players, but he is going to be a great asset for me and the entire organization.” says Kamler.
Pierce was inducted to the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017. Throughout his coaching career he has helped 22 players earn various post-season awards. He will be able to do the same with Green Bay USL League Two players this summer.
"I was privileged to work with Tony with the Milwaukee Wave and Chicago Power where he proved his value both on the field and in the community. I've known Tony for more than 30 years and know that his experience coaching at UW-Green Bay and elsewhere will translate well to coaching the high-level players with this team," said Big Top Soccer Managing Director Peter Wilt.
The next steps for Pierce are working with Kamler to build the team’s roster.
The team’s first home game at Capital Credit Union Park is slated for Friday, May 31st at 7:00 against WSA Winnipeg. Season and group ticket packages are on sale now. To purchase tickets fans can call 920-497-7225 or email General Manager Dannon Anderson at Dannon@booyahbaseball.com. All single game tickets and live stream video information will be announced at a later date.
About Green Bay USL League Two: Green Bay is a member of USL League Two and will begin play in May 2019 in the Heartland Division of the Central Conference. The team name, colors and crest are being developed with input from the public to build a team that truly represents the community. The team will play its home games at the new Capital Credit Union Park. The multi-purpose stadium opens in May at 2231 Holmgren Way, less than a mile from historic Lambeau Field, home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. It is very accessible throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, less than 30 minutes from the youth soccer hotbed of Appleton, WI and 15 minutes from the ten-field Akzo-Nobel Soccer Complex in Howard, WI. Information about Capital Credit Union Park can be found here.
About USL League Two: USL League Two is a pre-professional league affiliated with USL Championship, USL League One and Major League Soccer (MLS). Opponents in the Heartland Division include WSA Winnipeg, Thunder Bay Chill, Kaw Valley FC, Des Moines Menace and St. Louis Lions. The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, USL League Two (formerly the PDL) features 74 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. League Two has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with more than 70 percent of all selections in the MLS SuperDraft since 2010 having PDL experience, including over 80% selections in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.