FC adds Professional Player Tony Walls to the Staff
FC Wisconsin Nationals
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2.1.16
FC Wisconsin Nationals would like to announce its newest coach to the FC Wisconsin Staff. As of February 1st, Tony Walls will join the FC Wisconsin coaching ranks. Tony played and helped lead the FC U17’s to a National Championship game in the 2007 -2008 season. He has a long list of success as a player which include his National and Regional Finalist with FC, a stellar college career at UW-Green Bay (where he played both college soccer and college basketball), earned a roster spot on the MLS Chicago Fire coming out of UWGB, won a national championship at Rochester Rhinos in which he captained the team, and has played on the Milwaukee Wave for three years.
“We couldn’t be more excited about Tony wanting to give back to the club with coaching and mentorship. He is a role model for all our players in terms or work rate, leadership, character, knowledge, expertise of the game at the highest levels, ability to teach kids and most importantly he is a great person. Tony has always been a dominating, unselfish, hardworking player who leads by example. We can’t wait to see his impact on the players in his FC Family” – said Co-Doc Billy Solberg who was also Tony’s coach at FC.
Tony will help coach, mentor and run sessions for all age groups within the FC Wisconsin collaborative coaching model. Tony will also act as a mentor for players by giving them some insight on what it takes to not only become an impactful college player but what it takes to make it to professional level.
“When I look back at my youth career, there are a handful of coaches, coach Solberg included, that I will always remember, and have had the biggest impact in, not only, my development, but my mentality and approach to the game” said Walls.
Tony is in his third year as a professional indoor player and is headed into his fourth professional outdoor season which includes MLS Fire and the before mentioned national championship with the Rochester Rhinos.
“Because of my experiences at the professional level, I see the game a bit differently, and I am thrilled to share knowledge, different outlooks and advice I have learned though my experiences with the aspiring players of my old youth club.”
Co-Doc Ben Shepherd remembers coaching against Tony’s UWGB while Shepherd was coaching at UWM “He was an outstanding college player who would dominate games. We had to try to find ways to play in wide spaces just to get away from him. He definitely was one of the more impactful, dominating ball winners that I have seen in the college game. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him share his knowledge and experience with the players.”
Tony went on to talk about his excitement and eagerness to impact his club: “I am familiar with the situation these kids are in, and what it will take to reach whatever level it is they aspire to. Hopefully I will give them knowledge that will stick with them moving forward, as coach Solberg and other coaches did for me”
Tony will begin session this week at Tuesday Champions League, Wednesday’s U12 training session and Saturdays training.
Welcome Tony! Your FC Family cannot wait to learn from you!