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Former Thunder GM Wilt Moves Back to Milwaukee Wave

2009 October 16
by Brian Quarstad

Pwaveeter Wilt started his soccer management career with the Milwaukee Wave as director of marketing in 1987. 22 years later he has found himself back where it all started after working with the Chicago Power, Continental Indoor Soccer League, Minnesota Thunder, Chicago Fire, Milwaukee Professional  Soccer and the Chicago Red Stars. In fact Wilt has lived in Milwaukee for 31 years while commuting to all those jobs located as far away as Los Angeles, California.

wilt_200pxWilt said in an article he penned for the excellent website Pitch Invasion, “For most of the last 19 years, I have commuted … commuted a great distance. Except for 2006, when I worked unsuccessfully to bring an MLS team to Milwaukee, I’ve been commuting from Milwaukee to Chicago (14 years), Los Angeles (one year) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (three years). My wife has patiently allowed me to pursue my career around the country, while she held down the homefront and worked full time. I expect that working in the city I actually live in will be of great benefit both personally and professionally. It will help me sleep well.”

Wilt has spent the last three years preparing and leading the Chicago Red Stars into its inaugural WPS season. The co-owner of the Red Stars will remain a director on the team, and will also continue his work on the Red Stars league and foundation boards.

The Wave are under new ownership with Jim Lindenberg purchasing the team just before it folded this past summer. The Wave will play in the two-year-old National Indoor Soccer League.

In an interview with Madison Soccer Central, Wilt said he made the move based on his belief in new Wave owner Lindenberg. “He showed me he’s committed to the team and impressed me with his sincerity, common sense, sales and marketing ability and passion.”

The Minnesota Thunder’s Marco Terminesi played for the Wave last season and was the now defunct Xtreme Soccer League’s rookie of the year with 52 points, second in the XSL.

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