HARRISBURG -- Richard Chinapoo believes he can stock his new team with lots of local talent.
Chinapoo was introduced Thursday as the new head coach of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL)'s Harrisburg Heat.
“I am going to put together a team with experience and youth; (players) hopefully hungry for success,” he said.
Chinapoo previously coached the Heat from 1998-2002. He is the technical director of the Capital Area Soccer Association (CASA), one of the largest youth soccer programs in Central Pennsylvania.
He's hoping around half of his players will come from around the area. Chinapoo added he expects to hold an open tryout for local players sometime in September.
CBS 21 News Sports Director Jason Bristol first reported Chinapoo's hiring on Wednesday.
Chinapoo also had a long professional career as a player, including more than 200 matches with Harrisburg. He also played with the Trinidad and Tobago national team.
The Heat, named after the original Harrisburg Heat first formed in 1991, will play its games at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center starting in November.