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NRFC Season Lanch 2016
Check out what one of the newest Rangers had to say at Friday's 2016 season launch.
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Get To Know A Ranger
NRFC would like to welcome our 3 new imports for the season, American centre forward Michael Monticchio, Peruvian goalkeeper Luigi Cordova and English midfielder Conor Doherty. For today we will find out a little bit more about Michael "Tiki" Monticchio.
- Michael " Tiki" Monticchio
- Are you excited about joining Northern Rangers?
- I am very excited. I want to be a quality player for the Northern Rangers, and I have been working hard to make sure I can help the team the best I can.
- Tell us a little about yourself and your football history?
- I have been playing football since the age of 2. I grew up in the United States and played college soccer back home. Then, I went to England to play for Corby Town FC, but I could not stay due to visa issues. Next, I played professionally for the AC Crusaders, then trained with the Delaware Copperheads, and now I am here in Tasmania to join the Northern Rangers. While playing professionally, I was also a physical education, health, art and technology teacher at an elementary school (k-4) in Dover, Delaware. I always wanted to visit Australia, and when I received the opportunity to play and live here, I figured I had to take it, and I'm glad I did. Back home, I also coached quite a few teams (high school, middle school, U18, U17, U16, U15, U12, U11, U9, both boys and girls teams). Aside from coaching teams, I started "Tiki's Technical Training" where I have been doing individual and group training sessions for about 7 years now. I love the technical aspect of the game, and I love seeing players develop. There is nothing more enjoyable to me than seeing a player accomplish a skill he/she didn't think he/she could do. I have been training several of the Rangers youth players so far, and if anyone wants to set up an individual or group training (the size of the group doesn't matter) sessions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details; I work with any skill level and any age! I would love to help out and coach any players in the Launceston area to further develop Tasmania Soccer!
- Settling in well? Enjoying the club and Tasmania?
- I am settling in great! Everyone at the club has been unbelievably nice to me. Any questions or concerns I have had, Dane, Marshall, or Jeffo have been able to help me solve it, or if they cannot help me, they point me in the direction of people who can. As far as the club, my team mates are talented players but more importantly, they are good people. None of the players are rude or arrogant. Everyone works hard at practice and is respectful to all of their team mates. Those are very hard qualities to find now-a-days. Tasmania as a whole, is superb. I absolutely love it. The people are generous, nice, and hysterical. I love how everyone banters around here and everyone can take a joke. It is a very fun and positive atmosphere
- What do you think the Rangers can achieve this season?
- I think the Rangers can win the league this year. With the quality we have on the pitch and the work ethic we practice with, anything can be accomplished. Once we gel and all understand how everyone plays, we will be a force to reckon with.