Notes: Busy summer for USF soccer players
USF's soccer players are keeping busy this summer, with many participating in national developmental leagues that allow them to play at a high level of competition and travel around the country while maintaining their amateur status as college athletes.
USF women's coach Denise Schilte-Brown has at least seven current players and a few alums playing in the United Soccer Leagues' W-League, which has a local team in the Tampa Flames, who next play on May 25 at the Atlanta Silverbacks. The Flames' men's and women's teams play their home games in Brandon at the J.C. Handley Park, on Kings Avenue just north of Bloomingdale Avenue.
The Tampa Flames team in the W-League has five current Bulls -- midfielders Alexandra "Boo" Eagle, Kayla Bala and Daniela Andrade, forward Alexa Hosey and defender Sarah Miller -- as well as Bulls alums Noelle Pineiro, Yvonne George and Autumn Browning. Two more of USF's top returning players, leading scorer Demi Stokes and Taylor Patterson, are playing in the same league for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The Flames also have a men's team in the USL's Premier Development League (PDL), with four current Bulls on roster -- goalkeeper Eric Osswald, midfielder Kyle Nichols, defenders Ashani Fairclough and Ben Sweat -- along with former Bulls Sebastien Thuriere and Shane Wixted. The league's Bradenton team includes midfielder Brandon Curriston. The Tampa team has a home game tonight at 7 against Mississippi, and both teams have seasons that run through mid-July, in plenty of time to return for preseason work at USF.
-- This can't count as news because it's literally 15 months old, but as we talk about USF soccer, it's important to note that Schilte-Brown is now under contract through the 2014 season. She signed a new contract in February 2011 but USF never announced the extension -- we just found it after asking for updated coaches contracts from USF. The deal gave her a 31 percent raise to an initial salary of $80,000, with a $5,000 raise each year up to $95,000 in fall 2014. Schilte-Brown's contract includes buyout clauses -- it would have cost her $80,000 to leave USF in 2011, though that figure dropped to $32,000 this year and to $24,000 in 2013. USF gave men's coach George Kiefer a four-year extension in 2010, so both coaches are now signed to longterm contracts.
-- Other nuggets from coaches' contracts ... USF's four head coaches in golf and tennis -- Chris Malloy, Marci Kornegay, Agustin Moreno and Don Barr -- all have contracts expiring at the end of June, so expect extensions coming there. Kornegay triggered two bonus clauses in the Bulls' strong season this spring, earning an extra $2,500 for USF's Big East championship and another $2,500 for being named Big East Coach of the Year. Kornegay is close to triggering another incentive -- she's due $2,500 if USF can finish in the top 50 of either the Golfstat or Golfweek college team rankings, and the Bulls are 51st in Golfstat and 53rd in Golfweek. Perhaps another team can play poorly enough in the NCAA championships to bump USF up a single spot into the top 50.