Piranhas acquire PDL team|
Team to fulfill 2007 schedule established for Submariners
USL News Release
Friday, April 6, 2007
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced today that the PDL franchise rights for the territory of Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, have been acquired by the Hampton Roads Piranhas, a 13-year member and 2003 champion of the W-League. The club will begin play in 2007, assuming the schedule previously established for the Virginia Beach Submariners. The club also unveiled its new logo.
The Piranhas were among the pioneer clubs in the W-League when it was officially launched in 1995. Led by W-League Executive Committee member Marcie Laumann, the club has helped raise the benchmark for excellence in the league, winning numerous awards and hosting the W-League Championship on two occasions. Laumann, her husband Doc, and the club were inducted into the USL Hall of Fame in 2004 for their years of service as Builders in USL.
The new Hampton Roads Piranhas men’s team will assume the PDL schedule previously established for the Submariners for the 2007 season as members of the Mid Atlantic Division. The club will also provide 2007 season passes for both the PDL and W-League Piranhas to 2007 season ticket holders of the Mariners and Submariners. The PDL team will play at site to be announced and will be coached by former Submariners coach Jon Hall. Hall coached the team to a division title last year and is re-loading the roster for the 2007 campaign.
"With the twists and turns of the past few weeks, I am thrilled that the team will be playing,” said Hall. “We are proud to be a part of the Piranhas organization."
“I am thrilled to have Jon back at the helm of the PDL Piranhas,” said Piranhas General Manager Marcie Laumann. “He did an amazing job with the PDL team last season and we are fortunate to have him as part of the Piranhas organization.”
“We are grateful to Marcie Laumann and those individuals behind the Piranhas for stepping in and making the commitment to ensure PDL soccer continues in Virginia Beach,” said USL Executive Vice President and COO Tim Holt. “With their excellent record on and off the field, the Piranhas were without question our first option and proven operators of a successful soccer team.”
The Piranhas, who recently created the Piranhas Youth Foundation with several youth soccer organizations, previously added Boys and Girls USL Super-20 League teams for the 2007 season as part of their growth into a vertically-integrated club.
“It was my goal in forming this foundation that the Piranhas W-League team, and our new boys and girls youth teams work as one in the pyramid system USL has provided across North America,” said General Manager Marcie Laumann. “It is a huge undertaking, but with the commitment we have from our youth affiliates we can now pursue the highest level of USL opportunities available for both the boys and girls teams as well as the adult player.”
“Although there are unique challenges to adding a PDL team on short notice, we firmly believe that this will help the foundation provide a complete platform for player development for both boys and girls in the Hampton Roads area and look forward to the challenge,” added Laumann.
In conjunction with the announcement today at a press conference at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel, the club also unveiled its new logo, which features a newly designed piranha graphic in a Native American motif.
“It was time for an update,” said Laumann. “Although our original Piranha with long eye lashes and a fat tummy was loved by our fans, the new logo better represents our commitment to both the men’s and women’s side of the pitch.