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Interim tag removed from Mutiny's coach

By RODNEY PAGE

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 14, 2001


The Mutiny made it official Friday, naming Perry Van Der Beck to replace coach Alfonso Mondelo, who resigned on July 6.

Van Der Beck, 41, was an assistant under Mondelo this season and was interim head coach for Saturday's 3-2 loss to Chicago.

"The decision was right under our nose," general manager Bill Manning said. "Perry has played the game at the highest level, and he's paid his dues. He's gotten experience under Tim Hankinson and Alfonso. This is something we needed to do."

Van Der Beck has an option in his contract to coach next season.

"We have every intention of having him back (next year)," Manning said. "We're not going to have revolving coaches."

Van Der Beck has lived in Tampa since 1978, when he was drafted out of St. Louis' Aquinas High School by the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. He played for the Rowdies through 1984, when the team went defunct.

Van Der Beck's playing career also included stints with indoor teams Dallas, Wichita and St. Louis. He has earned 24 caps with the U.S. national team.

His coaching career is less extensive. Van Der Beck was a player/coach for the Tampa Bay Terror of the National Professional Soccer League in 1996-97. He became a Mutiny assistant in 1998 when Hankinson took over midway through the season. He was retained by Mondelo this season.

Van Der Beck worked in the Mutiny's community relations department in 1997 and part of '98.

"This is the next step in my career," he said. "This is where I started my playing career and this is where I started my coaching career. This type of opportunity doesn't come around much. I'm going to take advantage of it."

Jim McGeough will remain an assistant coach.

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