Professional soccer returns to the Cape Fear region with the resurgence of the Wilmington Hammerheads. A full season begins in April 2011. The Hammerheads will be facing 16 teams from various parts of the country as well as Puerto Rico and Antigua. The US teams in their conference include Rochester, New York football club, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Richmond, Charlotte, Charleston, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Los Angeles.
Bill Rudisil, a previous owner, is the new president and majority owner of the new Hammerheads. Other partners involved include Dr. Clyde Harris, Cindy Harris, Dr. Mario Basegoda, and Dr. Sara Bocherding. “On behalf of the new ownership group, I am very excited to be a part of bringing the Hammerheads back. It is our hope the community will support us as in years past,” said Rudisil in a statement.
Coach David Irving, who is returning as head coach for the team said, “We are actively recruiting for our first game. That gives us about 4 months to put a team on the field that Wilmington will be proud of!” Coach Irving is actively recruiting and will be hosting player tryouts at a date to be announced. Applications for 2011 tryouts are still being accepted and the coach and management anticipate new player announcements soon.
Season tickets are now available along with merchandise from previous years, including jersey replicas in limited numbers and various sizes.
For tickets and merchandise, please contact the Hammerhead office at 420 Raleigh Street, Suite E, Wilmington, NC 28412 or phone 910-777-2111, or visit the Hammerhead website: www.WilmingtonHammerheads.com.