Vaccaro back as goalie, coach

August 18, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Cris Vaccaro, who in the disappointment of the Spirit's loss in the playoffs last April said he was retiring, is back in his old job, with an added responsibility.

In addition to goaltending, Vaccaro, 35, will be new coach Dave MacWilliams' assistant. Vaccaro also will coach the Spirit's farm team, which will play in at least one local indoor winter league.

"I've wanted to become involved in coaching," Vaccaro said. "It'll be comfortable working with Dave. We've known each other a long time and played with and against each other."

MacWilliams calls Vaccaro "the ideal assistant. He knows the indoor game and is excited about working with young players just beginning their pro careers."

MacWilliams will preside over a minicamp tomorrow and Saturday at Du Burns Arena. Fifteen players have been invited to the tryouts, including forward Derrick Marcano and defender Vince Moskunas of the outdoor Baltimore Bays and defender Brian McComas of Casa Mia's of the Maryland Major League.

Spirit veterans Jason Dieter, Barry Stitz, Ricky Bush, Lance Johnson and Billy Reinhardt will participate in the camp. The sessions (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday) are open to spectators. Walk-ons will not be allowed to try out.

The Spirit will hold a Baltimore Arena open house Sept. 13 and 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day that will feature Spirit scrimmages, a discount sale of youth soccer equipment and an opportunity to purchase tickets. Admission is free.

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