Starfire Sports, a non-profit corporation dedicated to inspiring, encouraging and empowering youth-participation in soccer, today announced the appointment of Teddy Mitalas as tournament director. Mitalas brings extensive tournament coordination and organizational expertise stemming from nearly a quarter-century of involvement with youth, high school, collegiate, and professional soccer.
As the Starfire Sports tournament director, Mitalas will be responsible for creating and managing new and innovative local, regional, and national tournament competitions. Tournament matches will be held at the Starfire soccer fields in Tukwila, Washington with final matches being held in the soccer-only championship stadium at the Starfire complex.
“Teddy is a respected leader in the Puget Sound soccer community and has created a distinguished record of successfully managing large regional tournaments,” said Chris Slatt, chairman and CEO of Starfire Sports. “As a coach, former Olympian, and pro player, Teddy also has a deep understanding of the game and what players and coaches value in tournament events. We are delighted to have Teddy join the Starfire team.”
“Soccer has always been my passion and a major part of my life,” Mitalas said. “When I had the opportunity to look at the Starfire facilities and talk to the team about their direction, I was excited about all of the youth and adult tournament possibilities that would exist at such a fine complex. This is a tremendous opportunity for me to share my passion for the game and to give back to the local soccer community that has supported me throughout the years.”
In addition to his responsibilities at Starfire Sports, Mitalas will continue to serve as executive director of the Diadora Cup, one of the region’s longest-running annual youth tournaments featuring approximately 182 teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest. As head coach of Edmonds Community College, Mitalas contributes his time to help organize the annual All-Star Game for Seattle-area community colleges, and is currently in his 15th year as head coach of the boy’s varsity soccer program at Shorecrest High School.
Prior to coaching and directing tournaments, Mitalas spent several years playing professional soccer - first for the Seattle Sounders and then in Athens, Greece where he played in the Greek First Division. Mitalas was also a member of the U.S. Olympic team which boycotted the 1980 Summer Games.
About Starfire Sports
Starfire Sports is a non-profit organization providing the opportunity for all youth to experience the positive impact of team sports through soccer programs at a world-class soccer facility. The organization operates a 54-acre family soccer complex in Tukwila, WA, which offers eight soccer fields, four of which are MUSCO lighted FIELDturf including a 2000-seat soccer stadium that serves as the centerpiece for youth and adult regional tournaments. In the spring of 2004, phase two of the complex will be complete and include an 80,000 square-foot athletic center with two indoor FIELDturf fields, locker rooms, a weight training gym, a team meeting and film study room, physical therapy and sports massage facilities, a pro shop and game room, food court and lounge, community meeting rooms and an Internet-connected study hall. The soccer complex provides a platform for Starfire’s programs and a place for youth and adult teams throughout the region to play. For further information, please visit www.starfiresports.com.
Jeff Pecor, Barokas Public Relations, 206.344.3145, firstname.lastname@example.org
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