One of the most successful and longest-tenured coaches in all of American professional sports will be here another three years.
Wave head coach Keith Tozer, who’s also the vice president of soccer operations, signed a new contract extension Wednesday that will keep him at the helm of Milwaukee’s indoor team until at least 2016.
Milwaukee Magazine freelance writer Doug Russell profiled Tozer in our January 2011 issue. Tozer, whose trophy case is jam-packed with six Major Indoor Soccer League World Championships and nine MISL Coach of the Year honors, has been with the Wave since 1992. From his recognizable perch standing atop the team’s bench, Tozer has guided his squads to 21 consecutive playoff appearances. With more than 700 victories, he is the winningest coach in North American professional indoor soccer league history.
Bald, mustachioed and affable, Tozer is an active and visible part of the community. His local TV ads and radio appearances boost the Wave’s exposure and he’s a lively presence at the team’s youth soccer camps during the summer.
Sue Black, who became the Wave’s new president and CEO earlier this year, said she was “thrilled” to re-sign Tozer as the club heads into its 30th year of operations.
“Coach Tozer brings enthusiasm and excitement to soccer,” Black said in a press release. “His expertise is the face of the Milwaukee Wave.”
Besides coaching the Wave, Tozer has served as head coach of the U.S. Futsal national team since 1996. Futsal is an international version of indoor soccer.
The Wave, who draw around 4,000 fans a game to the U.S. Cellular Arena, finished 21-5 last year and lost in the semifinals of the MISL Playoffs.