Head Coach Giovanni Petraglia (L) Assistant Coach Stefano Cristalli (R)
NEW ERA BEGINS!
The Thunder Bay Chill head to St. Louis, Mo this weekend to start their 16th season of play in the Premier Development League, and for the first time ever, there will be a new head coach taking over behind the bench.
First-year coach Petraglia holding down the fort during opening days of Chill training camp
By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
The Thunder Bay Chill had one constant through their first 15 years of existence, a stretch that included the peak of a league title but the valleys of missing the playoffs for their first seven seasons.
The Thunder Bay Chill are set to open training camp with two sessions on Saturday, May 9 heading into their 16th season of play. The PDL season got underway with three games last Saturday and 10 more this weekend, as most of the Chill former and new players are still making their way to Thunder Bay.
Last summer the PDL unveiled its “Path to Pro" marketing slogan. Over 70% of the players drafted in the MLS SuperDraft come from the PDL. The league is clearly the first step along the path to becoming a professional soccer player.
The PDL, the preeminent developmental league for professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, will kick off its 26th season on Saturday, May 2 as 64 teams will compete for the opportunity to be crowned champion. With 58 of the league’s alumni selected in the recent MLS SuperDraft, the top players from throughout the U.S. and Canada will once again flock to the PDL in the coming months in the hopes of improving their professional aspirations.
THUNDER BAY CHILL NAMES GIOVANNI PETRAGLIA AS PDL COACH
The Thunder Bay Chill announced today that it has hired Giovanni Petraglia as the Head Coach of its PDL team. Petraglia was hired after long time Coach Tony Colistro announced his resignation as bench boss.
Paterson is a member of the Canadian National Arena team
The Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada native will be making his debut on goal this Friday as the Comets host the St. Louis Ambush at the Independence Events Center. Per club policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
Thunder Bay Chill’s only head coach Tony Colistro announced today that he will be stepping away from his duties as Head Coach for the 2015 season. Colistro steps down after 15 consecutive years as the only person to ever coach the Chill.