The National Premier Soccer League Wednesday announced that Toledo Villa FC has joined the league as an expansion team.
The club will begin competition in the Midwest Region’s Great Lakes Conference this year.
“The NPSL is excited to grow its presence in Ohio,” NPSL managing director Cindy Spera said. “We look forward to seeing Toledo Villa FC have tremendous success on and off the field in 2019.”
Based in Toledo, Ohio, Toledo Villa FC is led by an ownership group that includes Aaron Swiggum, Brett Stamats and David Hammack.
Swiggum is the managing partner of William Vaughan Company, a CPA firm in Maumee, Ohio. He has been involved in soccer from the age of five and played at Adrian High School and Adrian College. He was team captain at Adrian College as a junior and senior and earned all-conference honors in 1997. He is involved in coaching at the FCA Soccer Club in Adrian, Mich.
Stamats, a graduate of Central Michigan University, is a senior executive in the EIM and supply chain space. Hammack is a partner at William Vaughan Company with Swiggum and is an investor in several restaurants.
“Prior to applying to the NPSL, we had heard about team owners working together from a business perspective, but competing fiercely on the pitch,” Swiggum said. “While we have not yet played any games in the league, we definitely experienced the collegial atmosphere that we had heard about. The openness, transparency, and willingness to help us through the application process confirmed for us that we were joining a great group of people that truly care for the growth of the game. We also believe that the NPSL brings a higher level of competition and look forward to that challenge.”
Colin Armstrong will act as the club’s head coach, while Justin Guy will serve as director of operations.
Armstrong, who holds a B.A. of Science in Education, played soccer at Bowling Green State University from 2008 to 2011. He then played two years of semi-professional soccer before finding his way back to Northwest Ohio to play for Toledo United until 2016.
Armstrong has been a player with the Toledo Villa FC since its inaugural season in 2017 and helped win a conference championship during the 2018 campaign. He is also the assistant women’s soccer coach for Tiffin University.
Guy earned a degree in sport administration and has experience with clubs across Northwest Ohio. He played for many local clubs as a youth and was a national finalist for the 2005 national ODP team. Guy graduated from the University of Toledo before returning to his alma mater, Oregon Clay High School, to coach boys varsity soccer for four years.
“We strive to engage with the youth of our community to help build passion for the game,” Swiggum said. “We have a true love for the game and a desire to make a positive impact in the Toledo community.”
Toledo Villa FC is also supported by Pacesetter Soccer Club and Total Sports, Inc.
Home matches will be played at Lyden Field at St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo. The facility was constructed in 2012 and seats 3,600.
“It is we great pleasure we welcome Toledo Villa FC to the NPSL,” NPSL director of membership development Dina Case said. “Toledo comes to the NPSL with a strong ownership group and a well-established foundation for their club. We are excited and confident that Toledo will be a strong asset to what is already a strong Great Lakes Conference.”