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Finlandia Soccer Welcomes New Coach

Chris PerezHANCOCK, MI - Finlandia University athletic director Chris Salani has announced that Chris Perez has been appointed head men's and women's soccer coach effective March 15, 2010.

Perez has more than 15 years professional experience coaching and developing soccer programs, from youth to high school and college-age programs. He has been playing soccer since he was a small child.

Most recently, Perez coached the men's and women's soccer teams at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, which is where he became familiar with Finlandia's soccer program.

Perez also spent two years coaching men's and women's soccer at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa.

"We are absolutely ecstatic that Chris has joined the Finlandia Athletics program as head soccer coach," said Salani. "His demonstrated success and work ethic at UW-Superior is a great model for Finlandia as we work to expand our men's and women's soccer programs. I anticipate that Chris's background and professionalism will help us build a viable regional soccer entity."

Monday, March 15, Perez began a five-week off-season soccer training calendar as allowed by NCAA Division III guidelines. He says the three-times-weekly early morning training sessions will give the soccer players an opportunity to get to know him, and prime their skills for the fall soccer season.

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Perez will be recruiting soccer student-athletes.

Perez has a bachelor of science in sports management from Salem International University, Salem, W.V. He is pursuing a master of arts in sports management through Minnesota State University-Mankato. Perez holds numerous soccer- and sports-related certifications and diplomas, and his teams and players have received multiple athletic and academic awards.

For additional information about the men's and women's soccer programs at Finlandia University, please contact Coach Perez at 906-487-7326 or


Photo cutline: Chris Perez, Finlandia University Head Men's and Women's Soccer Coach