The Rochester Lancers will induct six men who made vital contributions when the team re-started in 2011, into their Indoor Wall Of Fame prior to their Major Arena Soccer League 2 season finale against the Iowa Raptors at the Total Sports Experience on Saturday night.
Kick off is 7:45 p.m., with ceremonies prior to the match.
This year’s inductees include: John Coraggioso, Richard Randall, Luis Ribeiro, Stephen Stokes, Dom Vieira and Christopher Wilmot.
These individuals played a crucial part in the launch of the 2011 indoor Rochester Lancers team. Their support and dedication were vital in the early success of the modern era Lancers. With their assistance, the team led the league in attendance and game day operations for years. Not only do these honorees have strong connections with the Lancers brand, but they also have been involved with Rochester soccer for decades.
Coraggioso was a Lancers owner in 2011 and a dedicated sponsor. He played Soccer at Eastridge High School and with Irondequoit Soccer Club. Coraggioso assisted the original Rochester Rhinos with housing and food for years through his East Main Street Salvatore’s Pizza location. When the Rhinos moved to the new stadium, he also supplied food for the concession stands. Coraggioso is married to his wife Dorothy, and has two children Giovanni and Gabriella.
Randall was the first employee hired the Lancers in 2011, and fulfilled the role of team president and general. He played an integral part in the operations and success of the Lancers at the Blue Cross Arena, and helped secure lifelong sponsors and partners of the Lancers brand. Randall played soccer in Rochester for decades, including college soccer at SUNY New Paltz. He was an employee of the Rochester Rhinos from 2008-11, and helped the Rhinos achieve record crowds in 2009. Randall is married to his amazing wife Natalie, and has one son, Leo.
Ribeiro was a Lancers owner in 2011, and a dedicated sponsor. He has played soccer since a young age, and played first division indoor and outdoor soccer in Nova Scotia, Canada. Ribeiro had been a sponsor and supporter of Rhinos since he moved to the United States.
Stokes was a Lancers owner in 2011, and was the official CPA of the team. He holds a strong connection to the Rochester sports community, as he also held the title of the Official CPA of the Rhinos and Knighthawks for years. Stokes played on the very first Irondequoit youth travel, and also played at Bishop Kearney High School. He is an avid supporter and lifelong fan of the U.S. national team. Stokes is married to Karen and has two, children Kristin and Ryan, and one grandchild.
Vieira was a Lancers owner in 2011, and a dedicated sponsor. Soccer has always been a large part of his life as a player, referee and coach. He fell in love with the Rhinos once he moved to Rochester and became a sponsor and big supporter. Vieira’s wife Paula also became a huge Lancers fan, and their son Jonathan came up with a great name for their new dog – Lancer – or as his father calls him, Lil Lancer.
Wilmot was a Lancers owner in 2011 and a dedicated sponsor. He has strong ties and childhood memories connecting him to the sport of soccer. In the 1970’s, he Wilmot watched English and German leagues, which sparked his interest to play soccer throughout junior high. In 1977, he saw the New York Cosmos play the original Rochester Lancers twice and became hooked forever. He was co-owner of the Rochester Rhinos from 2005-08, and helped save the Rhinos as an investor and owner at the new stadium. Wilmot is married to Kathy.