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Naimo head coach for new club

Jersey Sky Blue News Release -

Friday, November 3, 2006

BEDMINSTER, NJ -- Sky Blue Soccer announced that Charlie Naimo will be the head coach for the W-League team and that Denise Reddy will be the team’s assistant coach. Sky Blue Soccer will operate a women’s soccer expansion franchise in the W-League – the highest level women’s soccer league in North America and a division of the United Soccer Leagues.

Over the past three W-League seasons, Charlie Naimo (pictured) was the architect of one of the greatest transformations in league history with the New Jersey Wildcats. The league veteran took over a struggling Wildcats team and led the club into the elite of the W-League. In his three seasons with the team, Naimo led the Wildcats to a 41-1 regular season record with W-League regular season titles in 2004 and 2006 and the W-League Championship in 2005.

Jersey Sky Blue will be the fourth stop in the W-League for the North Brunswick, NJ native. A USSF “A” License holder, Naimo also coached the Central Jersey Splash in 1998 and 1999 and the New Brunswick Power in 2000. He was the W-League Coach of the Year in 1999 with the Splash and has a 60-16-1 regular-season record in his six years in the league.

Reddy joined Naimo on the Wildcats staff as an assistant coach and player for the 2006 season. A New Jersey native, Reddy’s stint with the Wildcats marked her return to her home state after a standout 11-year career in the Damallsvenskan – Sweden’s top women’s league. During her stay in Sweden, Reddy starred for Malmö FF for 10 years in 336 games after playing one season for Umea IK. She also served as the Malmö team captain from 1999 to 2005. A former Rutgers University All-American, Reddy appeared in six games for the Wildcats in 2006 while helped guide the team to a 14-0 mark.

“We’re ecstatic to have a coaching staff of this caliber leading Sky Blue into its first season,” said Sky Blue Soccer CEO & President Thomas Hofstetter. “In his three seasons with the Wildcats, Charlie showed a knack for not only putting together a world-class roster but also for getting the most out of his team on the field too. Denise brings a wealth of knowledge from her time in Sweden and is a tremendous complement to Charlie.”

With Sky Blue, the coaching staff is seeking to maintain a world-class roster composed of top American and international stars as well as local New Jersey standouts.

“I am really looking forward to coaching in a structured environment,” Naimo said. “The support system at Sky Blue is tremendous and the franchise direction coincides with my own. Our coaching staff will be as aggressive as ever putting together the inaugural Sky Blue team. Between our early commitments and other players we are pursuing, I am extremely confident that Sky Blue will compete for the league trophy.”

For more information on Sky Blue Soccer, please visit on the internet. Sky Blue can be reached by e-mail at by phone at (908) 470- 1549.

• Hometown: North Brunswick, NJ
• Born: April 15, 1971
• USSF A Coaching License
• NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
• Former Head Coach, New Jersey Wildcats (2004- 2006)
• Led the Wildcats to an overall record of 47-2-1 in W-League action over three seasons
• In 2006, led the Wildcats to a 14-0 regular season mark and a 1-1 mark in the playoffs falling 3-2 to the Ottawa Fury in the Eastern Conference final
• In 2005, led the Wildcats to a 13-1 mark in the regular season before capturing the W-League Championship with a 2-1 victory over Vancouver in the semifinals and a 3-0 win over Ottawa in the final
• In 2004, led the Wildcats to a 14-0 regular season mark and three wins in the playoffs before falling to Vancouver 4-2 in a shootout after playing to a 0-0 tie
• Head Coach, New Brunswick Power (2000)
• Head Coach, Central Jersey Splash (1998-1999)
• Led the Splash to the 1999 playoffs and was named the 1999 W-League Coach of the Year
• Former professional player, Jersey Dragons (USISL)
• Staff Coach, Player Development Academy
• Director, Serie A Soccer Academy

Central Jersey Splash 1998 5-6 3rd (W-2 North)
Central Jersey Splash 1999 8-4 3rd (W-2 Northern) 0-0-1 – First round shootout loss
New Brunswick Power 2000 6-5-1 2nd (W-2 Northern)
New Jersey Wildcats 2004 14-0 1st (Northeast) 3-0-1 – Runner-up shootout loss
New Jersey Wildcats 2005 13-1 1st (Northeast) 2-0 – Won league championship
New Jersey Wildcats 2006 14-0 1st (Northeast) 1-1 – Lost in conference final
Totals 60-16-1 6-1- 2

• Hometown: Hazlet, NJ
• Born: September 14, 1970
• Served as a player/assistant coach for the New Jersey Wildcats in 2006
• Appeared in six games for the Wildcats with one assist while helping to lead the team to a 14-0 regular season mark and the W-League regular season title
• Played for Malmö DFF in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan from 1996-2000 appearing in 336 games with 35 goals scored
• Served as Malmö team captain from 1999-2005
• Led Malmö to the 2005 Mediterranean International Cup(MIC) Championship, the 2003 UEFA Champions League semifinals, and the 1997 Swedish Cup Championship
• Malmö finished second eight times and third two times in the Damallsvenskan during her stay
• Played for Umeå IK in 1995
• Starred for Rutgers University from 1988-1991
• Started all four seasons for the Scarlet Knights appearing in 81 games while posting five goals and nine assists
• Earned NSCAA All America second team honors in 1991
• Served as Rutgers team captain in 1990 and 1991
• Named team co-MVP in 1990 and 1991
• Also played for the Rutgers women’s basketball team from 1990-1993
• Helped the Lady Knights to the 1993 Atlantic 10 Championship
• Attended Raritan High School in Hazlet, NJ
• Served as head coach at Procivitas High School Soccer Academy in Sweden from 2004-2005
• Served as assistant trainer at Borger High School Soccer Academy in Sweden from 1996-2001
• Worked as an assistant coach at Cornell University in 1994
• Coached in the New Jersey ODP from 1989- 1994

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