North Sound SeaWolves News Release – www.seawolvesfc.com
Friday, March 18, 2011
EVERETT, Wash. – The North Sound SeaWolves are proud to announce the signing of Craig Tomlinson for the 2011 USL Premier Development League season. In addition to his on-field duties, Tomlinson will also work with the club on its off-field community outreach program and youth development.
“I’m so excited and thrilled to be part of the North Sound SeaWolves FC and the community,” Tomlinson said. “My commitment to community outreach continues to be a source of personal pleasure. I love giving back. I find that one of my most important jobs is making a difference not only on the field, but also off the field working within the community to help make it stronger.”
Tomlinson previously played for the Seattle Sounders, where in nine years with the club he made more than 200 appearances in the USL First Division. With the Sounders, Tomlinson was part of two USL-1 champions and also earned Community Player of the Year honors.
A fan favorite during his time with the Sounders, Tomlinson has demonstrated that even greater than his passion and love for soccer is his passion and love for people and community. His commitment to community outreach continues to be a source of personal pleasure.
Born in Kingston and raised in Westmoreland, Jamaica, Tomlinson began his collegiate career at Fresno State University before transferring to Ohio State University for his senior season in 1998. Listed as a forward and an outside midfielder, Tomlinson helped lead the Fresno State Bulldogs to a conference title in 1996, a No. 7 national ranking and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Tomlinson was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference First Team in 1997.
Tomlinson also spent his summer playing in the USL Premier Development League during the collegiate off-season for the Central Coast Roadrunners. Upon college graduation in 1999, he joined the Tennessee Rhythm (formerly known as Nashville Metros) of the USL-A League, appeared in 22 games and led the team in scoring with 14 goals. Also, that fall, Craig took his talents to the professional indoor league and joined the Wichita Wings of the NPSL. In 2000, the Seattle Sounders acquired Tomlinson, and he quickly became an impact player on and off the field.
In addition to his unmatched skills and world-class enthusiasm, the jovial Tomlinson signifies off the court leadership by showing commitment to community service and family. Craig has shown his dedication not only in the Puget Sound communities where he played for many years, but in his homeland of Jamaica and throughout the world.
Craig commits himself to giving back to his community. He has supported various programs over the years that have enhanced the lives of children and enriched their learning process. Craig has worked in the Sounders organization as a director of community outreach programs including mentoring and speaking engagement to inner city youth, organizing summer camps, youth training programs and educational and inspirational assembly programs for elementary school students. His efforts were reflected in his selection as the Sounders Community Player of the Year award winner three times for his positive spirit, dedication and passion to the community during his nine seasons.
“Craig is an excellent model for our younger players, transferring all his experience and energy,” SeaWolves President and Coach Alex Silva said. “The SeaWolves are very excited to have Craig playing with us in 2011.”
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