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Chinapoo, who coached the Heat from 1998-2002, was signed to a multi-year deal to guide the Heat in their first Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) season. Under Chinapoo the Heat won the American Conference title in 2000-01, which earned him the 2001 NPSL Coach of the Year Award.
"When selecting our coach, I was fortunate to have a number of very qualified candidates who have coached the indoor game, played for the Heat and have made the Harrisburg area their home," said Heat Managing Partner & General Manager David Grimaldi. "One candidate in particular stood out and that was Richard. His enthusiasm and dedication to a successful re-launch of the Heat, in addition to his tremendous reputation and experience, made him my choice and I am excited that he'll now be the new
Head Coach of the Harrisburg Heat."
In addition to coaching, Chinapoo played for the Heat from 1992 to 2000 and was inducted into the Heat Hall of Fame in 2001. With the Heat, Chinapoo played 243 regular season games, scoring 101 goals and 129 assists, earning him four all-star nods. Prior to that, Richard played for the Baltimore Blast and Dallas Sidekicks in the MISL and the New York Cosmos in the NASL, and represented his native Trinidad and Tobago on their National Team. Known for having one of the hardest shots in the game, Chinapoo scored 151 goals in eight MISL seasons. In 2009, Chinapoo was inducted into the Blast Hall of Fame.
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Born in Italy, raised in Canada, and now a US citizen, DiFlorio began his professional soccer career in the original Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), joining the Cleveland Force for the 1984-88 seasons. He joined the Dallas Sidekicks of the MISL in 1988 while finishing the season with the Dayton Dynamo of the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA) 1989.
Over the next two seasons, the midfielder played for the Canton Invaders of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) and finished the 1989-90 season as that league's leading scorer. He then returned to Cleveland in 1991-92 as a member of the Cleveland Crunch of the MISL. He returned to the Invaders for the 1992-94 seasons and completed the 1992-93 season as the league's third leading scorer and as the league’s fifth leading scorer in 1993-94.
In 1994, DiFlorio played a summer season of outdoor soccer for the Toronto Rockets in the American Professional Soccer League (APSL). He returned to indoor, playing for the Buffalo Blizzard from 1994 through 1997, for the Cincinnati Silverbacks from 1997 through 1998, and then with the Harrisburg Heat from 1998 through 2001, DiFlorio began the 2001-2002 season with the Baltimore Blast, but finished his playing career with the Heat. He was the (AISA) NPSL's third all-time leading scorer with 1,594 points and second all-time goal scorer with 610, as well as being an eight-time NPSL All-Star and four-time All-NPSL selection and named the 2000-01 NPSL Most Valuable Player. DiFlorio had one cap for the Canadian national soccer team, which came in 1988 on July 15 in a friendly against Poland played in Toronto. Canada lost 1-2.
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Michael Butala: Affectionately known as “Heavy”, Butala has been a staple of Central Pennsylvania Professional Soccer for close to 3 decades. He was the equipment manager for the Hershey Impact from 1988 thru 1991. Butala was the only equipment manager in the history of the original Harrisburg Heat and the equipment manager of the Harrisburg City Islanders for all but last season. When he is not overseeing the equipment needs of the Heat, Mike is an instructor for Harrisburg Area Community College’s Workforce Development Department. Butala and his wife Patty (Heat Director of Tickets) reside in Camp Hill with their granddaughter, Abby, the Heats Assistant Equipment Manager.