Tommy Tanner has been involved in Soccer at all levels from Professional to Youth. His passion is to watch kids develop as players and go on to play at the highest level they can achieve.
Tommy played professional soccer for 14 years with the Cleveland Crunch (indoor) and the Rochester Rhinos and Syracuse Salty Dogs (outdoors). He played in 13 professional championships winning 7 including a US Open Cup Championships with the Rochester Rhinos in 1999.
In 2001, Tanner became the director of coaching with the Syracuse Soccer Academy, a position he held until 2003. In 2003, Tanner became an assistant coach with the Syracuse Salty Dogs of the USL A-League. In 2004, he founded and coached the Syracuse Youth Football Club. In 2011, he became the Head Coach and owner of the Syracuse Silver Knights.
2012 – Present: Head Coach – MISL Syracuse Silver Knights
2003 – Present: President, Coach – Syracuse Development Academy (Empire Revolution-Syracuse, Syracuse FC)
2003 – 2004: Assistant Coach – Syracuse Salty Dogs
2001 – 2003: Director of Coaching – Syracuse Soccer Academy
1998 – 2000: Director of Coaching, Coach – Rochester Jr. Rhinos (Empire Revolution-Rochester)
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In 1991, the Cleveland Crunch of the Major Indoor Soccer League selected Tanner in the second round of the MISL Draft. On June 29, 1991, Tanner made his debut and scored his first goal for the Crunch in a rare outdoor exhibition game against PSV Eindhoven. He was the 1992 MISL Rookie of the Year. The MISL collapsed in 1992 and the Crunch moved to the National Professional Soccer League. Tanner and his team mates went on to win the 1994, 1996, and 1999 championships. In 2000, the Crunch lost in the finals to the Milwaukee Wave. Tanner retired from the Crunch in 2001.
In 1996, Tanner joined the Rochester Rhinos of the USISL A-League. He spent each summer for the next six years playing for the Rhinos, serving as team captain from 1998 to 2001. In 1996, Rochester went to the finals of both the league championship and the Open Cup. In 1999, Rochester won the 1999 U.S. Open Cup. It also won league titles in1998, 2000 and 2001. In 2003, Tanner moved to the Syracuse Salty Dogs as a player-assistant coach. In August 2003, he added general manager to his list of team duties. The Salty Dogs withdrew from the league following the 2004 season and folded.
He attended North Carolina State University, and played on the men’s soccer team from 1986 to 1990. Tanner graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management in 1991.
Tanner graduated from Henninger High School where he was a third team and fourth team NSCAA High School All American in ’83 and ’84. In 1985 he was Parade Magazine’s High School All American soccer player.
Tommy has 3 children, Zachary, Sydney and TJ and a beautiful wife, Stacy.
He owns 2 Restaurants in Kmart Plaza: Woody’s Jerkwater Pub & Grub (sports bar) and Ole’ Ole’, an authentic Mexican restaurant.
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