FC Tampa Bay Announce New Coach Ricky Hill
FC Tampa Bay announced today the hiring of former Tampa Bay Rowdies player Ricky Hill. The England native who began his playing career at 17 with Luton Town FC in 1976 spent the bulk of his years playing in England. He moved to the U.S. in 1991 to become player coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the American Soccer League. After 2 years with Tampa he returned to England, coaching the U-17 and U-19 teams for Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham Hotspur, the latter having an outstanding youth system.
Most recently Hill was appointed technical director of CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh in the Trinidad & Tobago Professional Football League. Jabloteh represented the Caribbean in the CONCACAF Tournament in 2003, where Hill was awarded Coach of the Year for Trinidad & Tobago.
“Ricky has the right mix of experience and knowledge of our league to lead this club,” said President and Owner Andrew Nestor. “He has played at the highest levels in Europe and America and also has been a successful coach in America and abroad. Ricky has been awarded coaching accolades in several leagues, having managed some of the world’s top players today. Ricky is a part of Tampa Bay soccer history and tradition, and we are proud to welcome him back.”
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join FC Tampa Bay as head coach,” said Hill. “I look forward to helping with the development of the franchise and working with all the members of the club to continue building a team that plays exciting, winning soccer.”
FC Tampa Bay open their season at home on April 9 against the Montreal Impact.