Jukka Masalin, an assistant coach at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., who also has professional coaching experience, will be the coach of the Bangor-based Maine Sting in the National Premier Soccer League next season.
The coach of their female counterparts, the Maine Tide of the Women’s Premier Soccer League, will be named later this week according to Cheryl Stokes, president of the Atlantic Sports Group which brought the Sting and Tide to Bangor last summer.
The season-opening games will be on May 16.
Masalin, who is from Finland, used to be an assistant coach with the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Rochester Rhinos in the United Soccer League.
“I’m very excited to have him as our coach,” said Stokes. “He’s a speed and agility expert and he runs a pretty tight ship. I expect his team to be very fit. From his European experience, he’ll bring a little different flavor to the team. He has a lot of experience at the pro and college level.”
Masalin was a two-time All-Peach Belt Conference goalkeeper at Lander University (S.C.). He played on the Finnish Under-16, Under-18 and Under-21 national youth teams and played professional soccer in Finland, Germany and Sweden.
Tryouts for the two teams were held last weekend and she said there will be another tryout for the Sting and Tide on Saturday, March 14 at the new Fields4Kids indoor facility at Beal College in Bangor.
Stokes said the Sting tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. and the Tide’s tryouts will start at 11.
The registration fee is $25 and players must provide their own equipment.
Stokes said college players weren’t able to participate in last weekend’s tryouts due to NCAA regulations but will be able to try out in March.