The real Ted Lasso begins his coaching journey in Tampa Bay

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Make way for the real Ted Lasso. The National Indoor Soccer League (NISL) has named a head coach for the new Tampa Bay Strikers expansion team. Martin Gramatica was introduced as the team’s first ever head coach.

“In addition to soccer experience, we were looking for several qualities in our candidates when we began the coaching search. Some of these qualities included passion, leadership, and being a proven winner, as well as being committed to the Tampa Bay community. We believe Martin possesses all of those qualities and more,” said Strikers Co-Owner Andrew Haines.

Soccer has always been Martin’s passion. Martin has had a significant impact on youth development in the area over the last 15 years. He is excited to be a part of bringing professional indoor soccer to the Tampa Bay area.

Martin Gramatica was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to the United States when he was nine years old. He grew up playing soccer and began playing organized football as a senior in high school. He was a consensus All-American twice during his college football career at Kansas State University. In 1997, he received the Lou Groza Award, which recognizes the nation’s best kicker.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. In 2001, he was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro. His most notable professional accomplishment was winning the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rox and Ken have a quick chat about this coaching hire and whether it is good for the game or at too low of a level to make a difference.

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