Orlando SeaWolves Set To Open Training Camp on Saturday

by Austin David

After months of preparation and re-tooling the roster since last season’s end, the Orlando SeaWolves will be opening up a training camp on Saturday. The team will spend the next three weeks in camp at their new training facility, R9 Academy, as they prepare for their preseason game against the SeaWolves reserves on November 17th and their season opener on November 22nd against the Florida Tropics. 

Offensively the SeaWolves will be led by the returning duo of Osvaldo Rojas and Thiago Freitas. The duo combined for 38 goals and 26 assists last season, adding up to 64 points. Adding to the two returning players are two new signings in Omar Tapia and Hugo Puentes. Joining the SeaWolves from out west, Tapia scored 23 goals and notched 12 assists in 18 games played, while Puentes finished his season with 27 goals and 22 assists.

On the defensive side, the SeaWolves will once again be led by defender Joshio Sandoval and Richard Schmermund. Sandoval, last year’s co-captain, was one of the stable forces for Orlando in their inaugural year, playing in all but three games and finished third on the team in assists with 13. Schmermund is coming off a career year with 11 goals and five assists, proving himself as a staunch defender and lethal threat in attack. 

This season, the SeaWolves will be led on the field by General Manager Chris Kokalis, who will serve as the teams head coach, with Head Coach Tom Traxler stepping down to pursue other opportunities. The SeaWolves organization would like to thank Tom for setting the groundwork for the SeaWolves in their inaugural season and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.  

Kokalis most recently served as Cedar Rapids Rampage assistant for two years and interim head coach for five games in 2017. Last season, he served as an assistant under Traxler. He has been around the game for almost three decades, serving under legends of the game such as Keith Tozer, Buzz Lagos, and Boro Sucevic.

Kokalis will be assisted by Piotr Sliwa, who returns as a player-coach for the second season. SeaWolves reserves head coach Alex Flores and assistant CJ Goncalves will also re-join the Orlando staff for the upcoming season. Sammy Rivera will also join the staff as a new assistant.

“With Chris putting together this roster, we felt that he would be the ideal person to lead this team for the season,” COO Donovan Roper said, “His background in the game and knowledge of the players will be a big boost as we head into our second season.”

The SeaWolves will be hosting their 2nd annual Fan Fest on November 17th at Silver Spurs Arena. Doors open at 1 pm with a preseason game against the SeaWolves Reserves at 3 pm. Giveaway items, inflatables, live music, free food, merchandise, an autograph session, and much more! To reserve your free tickets please visit www.orlandoseawolves.com/fanfest. 

Season tickets are on sale now for the 2019-20 season for all Orlando SeaWolves home games starting as low as $10 per game, while regular-season single-game tickets are on sale now at the Silver Spurs Arena Box Office. Go to http://www.orlandoseawolves.com/tickets for more information.