Written by Toan Ngo
The Harrisburg Heat, proud member of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL), announced on Thursday that Gino DiFlorio has been added to the team’s coaching staff, according to Head Coach Richard Chinapoo.
“We are thrilled to have Gino on board as an assistant coach,” stated Chinapoo. “Gino brings years of experience on and off the field. His professionalism and drive will further strengthen the coaching staff and will give the players another access point for knowledge. He has a passion for the game and for the city of Harrisburg.”
"I am very excited about this opportunity with the Harrisburg Heat,” added DiFlorio, who also serves as technical director for HMMS, one of the largest youth soccer clubs in Central Pennsylvania. “I would like to thank David Grimaldi and Richard Chinapoo for the honor of working with the Heat as they make their return to professional arena soccer. I look forward to a great season.”
Born in Italy, raised in Canada, and now a US citizen, DiFlorio began his professional soccer career in the original Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), joining the Cleveland Force for the 1984-88 seasons. He joined the Dallas Sidekicks of the MISL in 1988 while finishing the season with the Dayton Dynamo of the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA) 1989.
Over the next two seasons, the midfielder played for the Canton Invaders of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) and finished the 1989-90 season as that league's leading scorer. He then returned to Cleveland in 1991-92 as a member of the Cleveland Crunch of the MISL. He returned to the Invaders for the 1992-94 seasons and completed the 1992-93 season as the league's third leading scorer and as the league’s fifth leading scorer in 1993-94.
In 1994, DiFlorio played a summer season of outdoor soccer for the Toronto Rockets in the American Professional Soccer League (APSL). He returned to indoor, playing for the Buffalo Blizzard from 1994 through 1997, for the Cincinnati Silverbacks from 1997 through 1998, and then with the Harrisburg Heat from 1998 through 2001, DiFlorio began the 2001-2002 season with the Baltimore Blast, but finished his playing career with the Heat. He was the (AISA) NPSL's third all-time leading scorer with 1,594 points and second all-time goal scorer with 610, as well as being an eight-time NPSL All-Star and four-time All-NPSL selection and named the 2000-01 NPSL Most Valuable Player. DiFlorio had one cap for the Canadian national soccer team, which came in 1988 on July 15 in a friendly against Poland played in Toronto. Canada lost 1-2.
About The Harrisburg Heat
The Harrisburg Heat announced on May 2, 2012 that it was playing in the PASL for the upcoming 2012-13 season, the fifth season for the professional North American indoor soccer league, which began play on October 25, 2008. Heat season tickets are available and may be purchased through the Heat’s official website at www.HarrisburgHeat.com. All season ticket plans include a 9-game package (8 regular season games, 1 exhibition game, plus first rights to purchase playoff tickets) with each box seat priced at $160 and centerfield seats priced at $130 per seat. Parking fees are included in the season ticket price.