VSI Tampa Bay FC is pleased to welcome Troy Cole for the 2013 USL PRO inaugural season, pending USSF approval.
Troy Cole brings a solid presence to the VSI Tampa Bay FC back line. Cole's knowledge and experience will add strength to the team during its breakout season in the USL PRO. Cole is joining VSI Tampa Bay FC after a successful season with the Wilmington Hammerheads that included a trip to the USL PRO finals.
The Hammerheads lost in the USL PRO final to the Charleston Battery last season and this 2013 USL PRO season will find former defenders from both teams uniting under the VSI Tampa Bay FC umbrella. Defensive force Troy Cole will join former Battery defender Kyle Hoffer.
Head Coach Matt Weston said, "Troy's a real locker room guy. A guy who understands and motivates the players and gets things going. Troy Cole is a tremendous, tremendous guy who really lives his life the right way and is a true professional."
Troy Cole's enthusiastic nature is already felt by his younger teammates and is helping to form the family atmosphere Head Coach Weston is building at VSI Tampa Bay FC.
Director of Soccer Clay Roberts quotes, " It's great to see the group coming together with guys like Troy Cole making their mark as leaders right away. Troy brings a large amount of athleticism to an already young and vibrant group of players. Troy Cole was one of the first players coach Weston desired for the squad early on. It's great to add another seasoned player to the roster, especially a player like Troy, who is coming off last seasons trip to the USL PRO finals."
Before his time with VSI Tampa Bay FC and the Wilmington Hammerheads, Cole spent time with FC New York, another USL PRO team, led by Head Coach Matt Weston. Prior to that Cole was with AC St. Louis. Cole also spent time with the Atlanta Silverbacks PDL team and earned a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Athletic Training from Mars Hill College.
To catch all the action with Troy Cole and the rest of VSI Tampa Bay FC check out our website at www.vsi-fc.com. Tickets are available for the 2013 USL PRO inaugural season, including the MLS match versus the Portland Timbers, on our website at www.vsi-fc.com.