Chris Hanlon and Armen Tonianse amongst six PDL coaches to manage 90 players at annual combine
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced the six coaches participating at the 2010 USL Men’s Showcase being held in Charleston, SC at Blackbaud Stadium February 4-6. Managing the professional prospects will be Premier Development League coaches Paul Baber, Dave Dixon, Tony Glavin, Chris Hanlon, Mark Spooner and Armen Toniase.
“We are thrilled to have these six coaches actively involved in presenting the talented players at the USL Men’s Showcase,” said PDL Director of Operations Lee Cohen. “As PDL coaches, they will have a good working knowledge of many of the players’ best abilities and will be able to provide insight into how to present themselves on the field as well as accentuate their best attributes during the event. As USL PDL coaches, they spend every day working on creating an environment that will help develop players and send them to the next level, and the USL Men’s Showcase is an extension of those efforts.”
Returning from last year’s USL Men’s Showcase as coaches are Tony Glavin of the St Louis Lions and the Springfield Demize duo of Chris Hanlon and Armen Toniase.
“This year’s mix of coaches will be great for the event,” added Cohen. “Having three coaches familiar with the event will help everyone in their preparations, while having three fresh faces will provide new philosophies and ideas.”
New to the event this year are Dave Dixon of Mississippi Brilla, Mark Spooner of the Kalamazoo Outrage and MPS Portland Phoenix coach Paul Baber, who has a long involvement in the league with former side Cape Cod Crusaders.
Among the 70 players that have been announced to date are 59 players with experience in the USL Premier Development League, 39 of which have played at least two seasons in the league. Leading the list of players are former PDL All-Conference selections Anthony Dibiase (Forest City London, 2009), Richard Martinez (Long Island Rough Riders, 2009) and Jake Stacy (West Michigan Edge 2006), who played for the Michigan Bucks the past two seasons.
USL has helped to establish the professional playing careers of 109 players through the USL Player Combine since 2006.