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Piranhas Name Rizzo Head Coach
Brazilian takes over from departed Wilson

Hampton Roads Piranhas News Release --

Thursday, February 3, 2011

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Hampton Roads Piranhas are pleased to announce that Cesar Rizzo has been named the new head coach of the PDL Piranhas. Rizzo served as the assistant coach of the W-League squad in 2010. Former head coach Leroi Wilson resigned last month citing constraints of other commitments.

Rizzo, a Sao Paulo, Brazil native, holds extensive coaching credentials including an "A" Brazilian Soccer License, International Soccer Coursework, a NSCAA National Youth Diploma, and a Tactical Soccer Diploma earned from the 1994 and 2006 Brazilian National Team Soccer Coach Prof. Carlos Alberto Parreira. He also holds dual Bachelor's Degrees in Economics and Sports Training and a Master's Degree in Sports Training.

"I am very excited with this new challenge," said Rizzo. "Coaching the Hampton Roads Piranhas PDL team is an opportunity that every coach would welcome. Last year, I was only able to see a few matches, but I can tell that this is an opportunity to coach at a high level. The players have outstanding skills, are organized tactically and the competition schedule will demand high physical and technical performance. I am looking forward to a great 2011 season!"

Rizzo's love of soccer began at age five, playing at local youth clubs as a goalkeeper. At age 13, he joined his home city's U15 team, then won the U17 Sao Paul State Championship in 1985.

Rizzo has played and coached at many levels in Brazil, from youth to professional. He is frequently asked to recruit for Sao Paulo clubs and has developed many players. Since 2001 he has also worked in the United States as Associate Director at Eurotech Soccer, teaching the Brazilian style of soccer to U.S. players and coaches.

"The Piranhas are fortunate to have Cesar take the reins of our PDL franchise," said Piranhas' owner, Marcie Laumann. "He is a gifted coach and one of the best game analysts I know. His international connections have already put us in negotiations with a number of talented players that fans can expect to see on the Sportsplex pitch this summer."

Rizzo currently serves as Director of Coaching for the Old Dominion Soccer Club. He is also the Boys and Girls Head Soccer Coach for Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. He and his wife Cibele and son Lucas live in Virginia Beach.

For more information about the 2011 Hampton Roads Piranhas, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, tickets and internships, please call 757-572-1592 or visit

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