BERNIE LILAVOIS STEPS DOWN AS ONTARIO FURY HEAD COACH

by Bernie Lilavois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               

May 5, 2017

Contact: Bill Norris             

bnorris@ontariofury.com

 

BERNIE LILAVOIS STEPS DOWN AS ONTARIO FURY HEAD COACH

 

The Ontario Fury, Driven by Mark Christopher Chevrolet, will have a new coach behind the bench when the 2017-18 Major Arena Soccer League season begins, as team president Bernie Lilavois has decided to step down as the team’s coach.

Lilavois led the Fury to two playoff appearances in the Fury’s first four seasons, compiling a 42-34 regular season record as Ontario’s bench boss. The 2016-17 squad won its final five games, and eight of its last nine, to make the playoffs, where the Fury was eliminated by the San Diego Sockers in a deciding 15-minute mini-game.

A new coach will be named in the coming weeks, Lilavois said. He cited growing responsibilities in his role as president of the team, along with a series of upcoming ventures, as the reason for removing himself from his role as coach.

“There are some major things we have been working on over the last several months that will be coming to fruition soon, and the right thing for us to do right now is to put people in place to concentrate on specific roles,” said Lilavois, who will remain as the team’s president. “The head coach should focus 100 percent on the team, players and winning games, and I can no longer do that.”

The new coach will inherit a team that has 21 of the 22 players that finished the season with the Fury under contract for the next four seasons.

“I look at this as a positive, and not a negative by any means,” Lilavois said. “We are growing, and going into our fifth anniversary season, I want to make sure we are firing on all cylinders. We want to grow our staff and presence to take the Fury to the top of the MASL both on and off the field.”

The search for the new coach is expected to be complete in the coming weeks, and it will be among a series of planned announcements over the summer. Lilavois is looking forward to the new challenges he will face as the organization expands its work in the community.

“I will miss the coaching side for sure,” he said. “But I love challenges and I want to really step in and grind and work on the business side of soccer and to help grow the game not only with the Fury here in the Inland Empire, but in general across the United States.”

Season tickets for the Fury’s Fifth Anniversary season are also available for purchase through the Fury’s offices. Season ticket members get the same seats for every home game, enrollment in the ticket exchange program so no ticket goes to waste, discounts on merchandise, free parking, and invitations to exclusive events with the team. For information, go to OntarioFury.com or call 909-457-0252.

 

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The ONTARIO FURY, DRIVEN BY MARK CHRISTOPHER CHEVROLET, are the Inland Empire’s newest professional sports franchise, bringing the fast-paced, high-speed action of arena soccer to the Citizens Business Bank Arena. The team, which is part of the Major Arena Soccer League, is committed to advancing soccer at every level across Inland Southern California. Visit OntarioFury.com for information.