Wings Sign Veteran Goalkeeper Steven Hamersky
WICHITA WINGS GOALKEEPER READY TO OWN THE FIELD AND BUILD THE COMMUNITY WITH FANS
Park City, Ks (November 10, 2019) - The Wichita Wings have long been known for looking at local, homegrown talent to add to their rosters and goalkeeper Steven Hamersky is just the latest addition. And he's ready to both bring an aggressive game to the pitch and a community touch to the fans.
Wichitans who attended the Wichita B-52 indoor games will instantly recognize Hamersky and his dominating play in the box from his time with the team. He has also played in the MASL with the Cedar Rapids Rampage and Kansas City Comets. In addition, the Wichitan played high school and collegiate soccer locally and went on to play outdoor for various PDL and NPSL teams including FC Wichita.
Oh, and you might have seen him in a viral video this past summer.
A recorded video of a City of Newton Police Officer playing soccer with some local residents that was sent around Facebook? That was Hamersky. When he isn't on the field, Hamersky works full time as a police officer for the City of Newton.
"Interacting with the community is by far my favorite and a really rewarding part of my job. I'm very fortunate to be at a department where they encourage me to do it as often as possible. My goal is to show them that we're not just cops, we're people just like them and that we've got so much in common," Hamersky said. "The middle school / high school age kids initially would give me a confused look when i would park my patrol car and walk up to where they are playing. Then, when i ask if i can join in, they're always up for it not expecting me to be any good. The reactions I get from them is the best part."
Building team and community relationships are definitely a strength for Hamersky who already has strong ties to Wichita Wing players and history. He played for former Wichita Wings, Kim Roentved, who was then the head coach for the Kansas City Comets.
"I absolutely look up to Kim," Hamersky said. "He knows so much about the game, and to be able to learn from someone who dominated when indoor was the prime league to play in, is invaluable."
He is also looking forward to getting back on the field for the Wichita area soccer fans.
"I've played in a lot of indoor and outdoor stadiums, but honestly, I remember everyone's favorite part about the Wings is they have the best fan base," Hamersky said. "As an athlete, that is such a crucial part of the game. Having that extra man on the field gives you so much of an advantage."
Hamersky should bring some extra excitement this season for the fans. He said he has developed an aggressive style of indoor goalkeeping and loves to help with the attack. His experiences both on and off the field and in the box will only help contribute to his success this season.
"Indoor is so complex because a goalkeeper has to have the same ability with his feet as the field players to be truly effective," said Hamersky, who played a lot on the field and as a goalkeeper growing up.
The Wichita Wings open their season at home on Dec. 28. Season tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster and the Hartman Arena. Team open tryouts will be held on November 23.