Elliott leads Chattanooga FC to NPSL Southeast Conference title
CFC earns spot in NPSL semifinals July 27 in San Diego
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – West Florida men’s soccer head coach Bill Elliott is keeping busy this summer, leading Chattanooga Football Club to the National Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference championship. Chattanooga FC won the title on Friday in Conyers, Ga. with a 1-0 victory over Georgia Revolution, earning a spot in the NPSL semifinals on July 27 in San Diego.
The NPSL is a national amateur league that was founded in 2003. It is recognized by the United States Soccer Federation and FIFA as a Division IV league or at the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. CFC plays its home games at Finley Stadium, and the team leads the NPSL in attendance with over 2,200 per game. The Southeast Conference championship is Chattanooga’s second in three years.
Elliott, who will enter his 18th year at UWF in the fall of 2012, is in his first year leading Chattanooga FC in the summer of 2012. The squad is 7-1-3 on the season, with the only loss coming in the season opener versus Knoxville Force. Elliott, a Chattanooga native, also coached the Panama City Pirates of the USL Premier Development League in the summers of 2008 and 2009.
Several of Elliott’s current and former players have also been active this summer. Of note recently are Sean Reynolds and Marquel Waldron, who finished up their time playing for the Argonauts in 2011. Reynolds was named to the PDL Team of the Week on July 12 for his work in a pair of victories for Orlando City U23, while Waldron earned the same honor on June 28 for his performance in Panama City’s shutout win over FC Jax Destroyers.
Of Elliott’s current UWF players, Zander Rados saw action with FC Jax Destroyers and James Moore played for Mississippi Brilla FC. Reynolds and Waldron weren’t the only former players active in the PDL, as Matt Brooks, Lance Nelson, Elliott Purdom and Jason Ream joined Waldron in Panama City. Former player and current assistant coach Nolan Intermoia also coached this summer in the PDL, assisting with his former team the Thunder Bay Chill.
Former Argonaut great Keith Savage is also continuing his professional career, playing a key role for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. The NASL is the second tier of the American soccer pyramid, directly below Major League Soccer. Savage played for Chivas USA in the MLS in 2008, seeing action in six matches.
Elliott and the Argonauts will return to action this fall, kicking off the 2012 season on Sept. 1 at Saint Leo. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.