The Armada fires Head Coach Tony Meola

Photo courtesy Jacksonville Armada
Photo courtesy Jacksonville Armada

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Armada has fired the team's head coach and technical director Tony Meola.

Meola was hired in November of 2015 and posted an overall record 2 wins, 10 losses, and 6 draws.

“I will never waver in my commitment to our fans of giving them a team that competes for championships,” said Armada FC owner and CEO Mark Frisch. “Unfortunately, our results this season have not reflected that promise. After much thought and careful consideration, I strongly believe this is the best decision to make for our club, players and loyal supporters.”

The club also parted ways with assistant coach Jim Rooney, who joined Meola’s staff in November.

“I am appreciative of Tony’s and Jim’s contributions to our club and wish them the best in their future endeavors,” Frisch said.

Assistant coach Mark Lowry has been named the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2016 Fall Season.

In addition, assistant technical director Nathan Walter will take over as the club’s technical director. Walter joined the Armada FC in 2013 as employee No. 2. He was the club’s director of soccer operations before being promoted to assistant technical director in December 2015.

“This is a well-deserved opportunity for Nathan,” Frisch said. “He has shown a tremendous dedication to our club and strong sense of finding players that fit in well with the Armada FC. I look forward to seeing him shape a top-caliber roster as our technical director.”

The Armada currently sits 11th place on the North American Soccer League Fall Season and Combined Season table. Jacksonville is winless in a club-record six straight matches and allowed a club-record five goals in the Armada’s 5-2 loss to Indy Eleven last Wednesday night.n.