The Boston Breakers are proud to announce a new development partnership with the South Shore Stingrays, one of the fastest-growing, non-merged, premier clubs in Massachusetts. The club has grown from four teams to 18 teams, as well as a full youth academy in two and a half years.
The South Shore Stingray Soccer Club began in 1997, with the formation of the Blue Angels - a team of local Plymouth girls who wanted to test their skills and challenge themselves in tournaments and indoor league play throughout the New England Region. Created by Richard Harrington, the Blue Angels immediately realized success and became a dominant team in the Plymouth County Region.
The Breakers aim to provide coach and player education seminars, staff and equipment for the summer camp week, host a Stingrays spring game on Dilboy Stadium before a Breakers game, and much more.
“We are very excited to be adding South Shore Stingrays as a Development Partner," Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard said. "After meeting with Rich Rossmando and Dave Deconto, it was clear they are building a sound development path for its players along with building the structure of the club. We felt it was a great fit for us to help them with the development of their coaches, players, and club while benefiting with some exposure in South Shore communities”
The fully licensed coaching staff includes Giovanni Pacini (goalkeeper coach) and head men's soccer coach at Lasell College. Former Mass Youth Soccer State Director of Player Development and current Mass Maritime women’s head coach Ray Cabral as the academy director. The Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mike Pimentel, is also the head strength and conditioning coach at Tufts University.
In approximately 2005, as a result of the growing popularity of the Blue Angels, Richard Harrington evolved the Angels into what is now the South Shore Stingray Soccer Club. Adding both a G12 and a G13 team to the then G15 Angels/Stingrays team, the club joined the Massachusetts Premier League (MAPLE) in 2005. In 2007, Harrington turned the reins of the Club over to Michael Pieroni who brought with him a philosophy of club management geared to grow the Club from the younger ages up.
In the summer of 2009, the Stingrays hired its first-ever Director of Coaching, former Emerson College head women’s coach Jason Tassinari. The fall of 2009 saw the Stingray family grow to more than 12 teams, both boys and girls, as well the introduction of the "Lil' Rays" Program. The Lil' Rays Program is geared to player development for ages 5, 6, 7, and 8.