A new coaching change has invigorated the St. Pete Raiders U-18 Boys with new players being added to the roster, not only strengthening the roster but making team selection more competitive than ever and further reinforcing an already strong group of players!!
The most exciting news is that the team was accepted into the "Florida Premier State League", which is an Elite League sanctioned by FYSA!
The level of competition will be fierce and we have every confidence in the boys stepping to the plate and performing to the highest level.
Both William Thacker and Tony Paris will co-coach the boys for their final year as "Raiders" before seeing them off to their respective colleges.
Many of these players have been with the club since age 9 so it's a special group with loyalty being the key component from not only the players but the parents as well.
Both Paris and Thacker are gearing this season totally towards college preparation. The players will be acclimated to what college life will be as a student athlete and to the demands they can expect when they walk through the college gates for the first time.
With Paris' 10 years as a college coach and Thackers current activities at Eckerd College as both as a standout player and coach, there is no better team of coaches to guide the boys through the myriad of college life.
The boys have now started the arduous task of fitness testing and will begin their first preseason friendly on Monday July 14th vs West Florida Flames.
We will keep you posted as to how the boys are doing as we move forward! Feel free to come and watch the games and cheer this fantastic team on!