HUDSON — The West Coast Soldiers adult amateur football team will have a new league too call home for the 2020 season.
The adult amateur football team has announced it will join the Florida Football Alliance, according to team owner Ed Meyer. The Boynton Beach-based FFA will be the third league the Soldiers have been a part of since their inaugural season, in 2013.
West Coast will be joining a league that includes other local teams such as the Dunedin Pirates and Southwest Florida Gladiators, in Bradenton. The FFA is an organization that has served adult amateur football since 2007, and the league president is Anthony Smith. The league was founded by CEO Terrance Page.
The Soldiers have made the postseason since their inception back in 2013, in which they went 2-8 and qualified for the United Football Federation of America playoffs. West Coast lost 48-26 to the Florida Stingrays in the 2017 UFFOA championship, which was played at Lake Brantley High School, in Altamonte Springs. West Coast was also in the UFFOA’s championship game in 2018 but fell to the Orlando Phantoms at Astronaut High School, in Titusville.
West Coast started off the 2019 regular season against the Orlando Phantoms back on Feb. 2 at home and ended up falling short in a loss. Returning as the head coach is Troy Ruthruff, who’s also been a high school assistant at Gulf and Land O’ Lakes. He will he joined by assistants David Bailey, Mike Young and Ty’Shon Peters.
The club still has players that formerly played their high school football in Pasco County, including Nick Martino, at Ridgewood, and Chris Palasky, Gulf.
The Soldiers joined a new league last season as well, the Florida Champion Football League, for the 2019 season. The league is one of several adult amateur football organizations in the state of Florida.