Former Blast players spearheading new program, hoping to make varsity debut in 2021

St. Frances Academy has announced it’s starting a boys soccer program with former Baltimore Blast players Derrick Marcano and Tim Wittman as co-coaches.

The Panthers will play a club schedule in the 2020 fall season with hopes of joining the MIAA B Conference the following fall.

“We are extremely excited to start a new program,” said St. Frances athletic director Nick Myles in a statement. “We are blessed to align with three very distinguished coaches whol will focus on the holistic development of our student-athletes by emphasizing our core values – Faith, Scholarship, Opportunity and Character.”

Marcano spent the previous eight years as Park School’s junior varsity coach. He played professionally for 10 seasons, all with the Blast (1994 to 2003).

Marcano, a Towson University graduate, was head coach for one season of the Tampa Bay Terror in the now-defunct National Professional Soccer League and spent five seasons (1999-2003) as an assistant at CCBC-Essex.

Wittman, a Calvert Hall College grad and one of the greatest players in Blast history, won five Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) titles as player and three as Blast coach. He’s a member of the team’s Hall of Fame and the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame.

Wittman is currently a women’s assistant at Johns Hopkins.

Another former Blast player, Chris Simon, will be on the St. Frances staff.

“Our vision is to provide young people the opportunity to play and learn the game at a high level while continuing the school’s rich tradition of developing great student-athletes,” said Marcano. “We believe our diversity and experience will be assets in assisting this historic institution with its continued effort to produce great young men.”

St. Frances, located in East Baltimore, has varsity programs for baseball, basketball and outdoor track.