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TALK SHOW ENTERS SECOND SEASON! Join SoccerSam and Jeff DiVeronica for a unique talk show focusing on Rochester, NY. Saturdays at Noon following Kick This!
- June 17, 2017: Marie Fiorino Mitchell
KICK THIS ! THE SOCCER SAM SHOW
Kick This! is heard on iHeart radio worldwide and Fox Sports AM 1280 Rochester.
Kick This! the Soccer Sam Show has been a Rochester soccer institution since 1995 featuring key guests and hosts covering the great sport of soccer. Rich Jones continues as the original producer of the show and Mike Moran continues as the original technical director. You can listen live to Kick This! every Saturday from 11-12pm worldwide on iHeart Radio, SoccerSam.com, and on Fox Sports 1280 Rochester.
Kick This ! is brought to you by Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria, Palmer's Direct to You Market, Donuts Delite, Arthur Treacher's, Speedy Slice Pizzeria, 1872 Cafe, and Stokes & Visca CPAs. Weekly trivia contest prizes include Salvatore's gift cards and game tickets to local sports teams. KICK THIS ! The SOCCER SAM SHOW live every Saturday 11:05 am eastern time on WHTK 1280. You can also listen live and hear all past shows right here at Soccersam.com... Thanks and Feel The Kick... for life !Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo
Soccer Sam was born and raised in Rochester, NY and fell in love with the great game of soccer in 1970 at the age of 10. Sam began playing that year with the Rochester Juniors and his uncle Al Oliveri took him to his first Lancers game. Sam has been an avid fan of Indoor and Outdoor American Soccer ever since and continues to play.
IFSL 1985-2000: Soccer Sam took over as commissioner of the Irondequoit Fall Soccer League (IFSL) in 1985. This 20 team league offered Fall soccer to some of the best former Pro players, college coaches and this areas best local players. In 1994, an all-star team traveled to Agropoli, Italy and won an adult tournament. Soccer Sam and his board organized several international trips.
Soccer Sam TV Show 1994-2006: In 1994, Soccer Sam started America's first weekly soccer TV show called "The Soccer Sam Show" on Irondequoit cable access. This weekly show featured the IFSL all stars, trips to Italy and the first Rochester Lancers reunion game and award banquet. The show covered local youth and adult soccer, including section V soccer and local teams competing in the US Open Cup. The show went weekly on the WB network. Sam interviewed some of the greatest names in the history of soccer on this show including Pelé and Mia Hamm. 1995: The Rochester Rhinos were introduced and the focus of the show became making the Rhinos a success. The Rhinos became the most successful team in the history of American Soccer and many attribute the success of the team to the show.
Kick This! The Soccer Sam Radio Show 1995-Present: This weekly radio show started in 1995 and several local soccer celebrities helped host the show. The show's focus is local soccer and covers only American Soccer! Jeff DiVeronica of the Democrat & Chronicle has hosted this show with Sam for years, James Weise is the News Director, Rich Jones is the Producer and Mike Moran is the Webmaster.
Rochester Rhinos 1996-2009: Soccer Sam was the assistant to the GM Chris Economides since day one of the Rochester Rhinos. Sam took care of selling tickets, sponsorship, trades and most of the game day ideas for the early days of the Rhinos. Sam was part of the Rhinos radio team for years and introduced the Post Game Call-In Show. In 2008, under new owner Rob Clark, Sam became the Team President and helped rebuild attendance, sponsorship sales and new concessions. Soccer Sam and Chris Economides had been friends since High School. In 2006, both men ventured to Cary NC and helped bring Pro Soccer to Cary North Carolina with the Rail Hawks.
Rochester Lancers (Indoor) In 1995, Soccer Sam purchased the Rochester Lancers name and logo as part of his soccer memorabilia collection. In 2010, Soccer Sam started negotiating with the Chris Economides of the USL to be part of the new indoor I-League. The USL struggled to attract teams to the newly formed I-League. At the 2010/2011 MISL Championship game in Baltimore, Soccer Sam convinced MISL commissioner David Grimaldi to meet with the USL and bring current teams. 2011/2012 the new MISL under the USL banner was launched with 4 existing MISL teams and 3 new I-League teams. Soccer Sam decided to use his beloved Rochester Lancers name and logo for this new indoor MISL team.
Soccer Sam brought in lifelong friends to help with this venture. On the ownership side, Sam brought in local businessman & former minority owner of the Rhinos, Christopher J. Wilmot; cousin John Coraggioso, a longtime owner in the Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria chain; local businessmen & owners of over 30 Dunkin' Donuts locations Luis Ribero & Dom Vieira; and CPA Steve Stokes, all lifelong soccer fans. For social media & internet support, he brought in Mike Moran of Spinning Webs, who helped create the Rochester Rhinos web site. Rich Randall, who had worked side by side with Sam in 2008 and 2009 as they helped re-launch the Rhinos with Rob Clark was named VP of Soccer Operations.
Several friends and former Rhinos staff members volunteered to help Sam with the indoor Lancers. Jill Rizzo, John Catalano, Joe Giuliano, Rocky Perrotta, Phil Mercato, James Weise and Eric Trendel all helped with the game day. Patty Powers handled the marketing as she had been for the past 18 years for all of Sam's projects.
On the team side former Rhinos players and staff helped launch this new indoor team. Dave DiPasquale, John Berardicurdi, Billy Andracki, Craig Demmin, Francisco Escos, Billy Ginther, Rey "Boom-Boom" Martinez, John Ball, Mauricio Salles, Patrick Hannigan and the living legend Doug Miller.
The indoor Rochester Lancers began play in the Fall of 2011 at their home field the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial and played three seasons in the USL owned MISL and one season in the MASL.
- 2011-2012: 11-13, average home attendance 5,675 - Head coach Billy Andracki
- 2012-2013: 10-16, average home attendance 5,975 - Head coach Jim Hesch
- 2013-2014: 6-14, average home attendance 7,347 - Head coach Josh Rife
- 2014-2015: 10-10, average home attendance TBA - Head Coach Doug Miller
- The indoor Rochester Lancers were forced to take the 2015-16 season off because of NYSIF and NY Workmen's Comp issues.
In May 2016, Ed Hale founded the IPL - Indoor Pro League - and named Soccer Sam Fantauzzo its first Commissioner. Months later Soccer Sam helped negotiate the return of teams to the MASL for the 2016/2017 season. The Blast won the championship!
When it became apparent that the IPL would not materialize, Soccer Sam was approached by the owners of Rochester's local NPSL outdoor team, the Rochester RiverDogz, to consider re-branding their team as the outdoor Rochester Lancers. Soccer Sam agreed and also convinced the owners to develop a women's team.
The outdoor Rochester Lancers and Rochester Lady Lancers began play in the spring of 2017 at the Charlie Schiano Sr. Field at the Aquinas Institute in Rochester. The women's team is coached by Sal Galvano & Loren Inglese in the United Women's Soccer league. The men's team is coached by Rochester soccer legend Doug Miller and plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). Marc Mandell serves as the GM of the men's Rochester Lancers, while Loren Inglese is GM of the Rochester Lady Lancers
Ashley Maria King serves as the VP of Operations of both teams.
Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria: Soccer Sam Fantauzzo is also the Founder and CEO of Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria. In 1978, he took a High School project and opened the first Salvatore's location. Today there over 30 locations throughout Monroe County including the Blue Cross Arena, Frontier Field, CMAC, and Sahlen's Stadium. The Salvatore's Pizza Family employs over 1,500 Rochesterians. Soccer Sam also recreated the Donuts Delite brand & refurbished the Rochester landmark building at Empire Blvd. & Culver Rd. In 2014, he acquired the franchise rights to bring Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips back to the Rochester area. In August 2016, Soccer Sam re-opened the 1872 Cafe and launched the Speedy Slice pizza concept.Personal Awards:
- 1996: Section V Committee "Media Award"
- 2000: Town of Irondequoit "15 Years of Leadership"
- 2002: Press Radio Club "Charlie Wagner Award"
- 2005: County of Monroe "Outstanding Asset Builder"
- 2005: Section V Committee "Media Award"
- 2008: Eastridge High School "Hall of Fame"
- 2010: Frontier Field "Walk of Fame"
- 2011: Camp Good Days "Ring of Honor"
- 2013: Italian Civic League "Outstanding Citizen Award"
- 2016: Hickok Center for Brain Injury "Community Hero Award"
- 2016: Western NY Flash "Soccer Ambassador Award"
Soccer Sam is also a local philanthropist, generously contributing annually to charities such as Camp Good Days and Special Times, Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester Breast Cancer Coalition and the Alzheimer's Association. He is married to his high-school sweetheart Linda Fantauzzo and resides in Webster, NY. Sam enjoys spending time with his three children Salvatore II, Roxanna, Silvio (Angela) and three grandchildren Santino, Salvatore III, and Massimo.
WORD ON THE STREET
LOCAL ROCHESTER TALK SHOW! Join Soccer Sam and Jeff DiVeronica for a unique talk show focusing on Rochester, NY. Saturdays at Noon following Kick This!
- SEASON 1:
- June 18, 2016: Rachel Barnhart
- June 25, 2016: Steve Donner
- July 2, 2016: Mario Daniele
- July 23, 2016: Don Alhart
- July 30, 2016: Paul Guglielmo
- August 6, 2016: Tom Proietti
- August 13, 2016: Michael Moran
- August 20, 2016: The Dunkin' Donuts Story
- August 27, 2016: WHEC TV Sports Director Justin Granit
- September 3, 2016: Chris Economides
- SEASON 2:
- June 17, 2017: Marie Fiorino Mitchell
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