Bays name Ronson assistant He has 2 playing, 2 coaching jobs

January 29, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Billy Ronson added another line to his soccer resume yesterday.

The Baltimore Bays announced that Ronson would be an assistant coach as well as a player for the new outdoor/indoor United States Interregional Soccer League franchise.

Ronson, a former Baltimore Blast standout, is also the head women's soccer coach at Goucher College and plays for the Detroit Rockers in the National Professional Soccer League.

Bays general manager Ben Neil said he is not concerned that Ronson may be taking on too many positions.

"We respect everything Billy does," Neil said. "He's been working hard for us in group sales and will be a major force in helping us attract fans to our team. There's never been any doubt that Ronson is one of the most popular soccer players in this town."

Bays coach Kevin Healy said he wanted Ronson as his assistant because "he has a strong will to win, is opinionated and a good leader. I didn't want a yes, yes man."

Ronson, 36, will be able to juggle all four positions until next winter, when the Bays are scheduled to begin indoor play in the USISL. Then he will have to make a choice be

tween the Rockers and the Bays.

L Ronson said he wasn't sure, but was leaning toward the Bays.

"This is a great chance for me to end my playing career in Baltimore, where I always wanted to play," said Ronson. "And coaching is the main direction I'm headed in now. I'm going to be busting my tail to get people interested in the Bays."

Ronson said an average day for him now is to get up at 6 o'clock in the morning in Detroit, fly to Baltimore for a meeting involving the Bays around noon, then go to Goucher to work on recruiting until 9 at night before heading home.

* The Bays also announced their 1993 outdoor schedule yesterday. Baltimore will open on the road April 23 against the Connecticut Wolves. The home opener will be May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at UMBC. For ticket information, call (410) 327-BAYS.

Bays 1993 schedule

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(Home games at UMBC) Date.. .. .. ... .. ..Opponent.. .. .. .. Time

April 23 .. .. .. .. at Connecticut.. .. .. TBA

April 24 .. .. .. .. at Delaware .. .. .. ..TBA

May 1 .. .. .. ... .. Raleigh .. ... .. .. 7:30

May 9 .. .. .. .. .. .Greensboro .. .. .. .. 6

May 15 .. .. .. .. .. Columbia, S.C... .. ..7:30

May 28 .. .. .. .. .. at Richmond .. .. .. .. TBA

May 29 .. .. .. .. .. at Greensboro.. .. .. ..TBA

June 4 .. .. .. .. .. at Charleston, S.C.. .. TBA

June 5 .. .. .. .. .. at Columbia, S.C... ... TBA

June 20 .. .. .. .. . Charleston, S.C... .. .. 6

June 25 .. .. .. .. . at Raleigh .. .. .. .. .TBA

June 26 .. .. .. .. . at Charlotte .. .. .. . TBA

July 2 .. .. .. .. .. Connecticut .. .. .. .. 7:30

July 10 .. .. .. .. . Delaware.. .. .. .. .. 7:30

July 16 .. .. .. .. . Charlotte .. .. .. .. ..7:30

July 23 .. .. .. .. . Richmond .. .. .. .. .. 7:30

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