Leszek Wrona

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Leszek Wrona
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-09-20) September 20, 1955 (age 63)
Place of birth Krakow, Poland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1976 Garbarnia Kraków
1976–1978 Legia Warsaw 0 (0)
1979–1980 Hutnik Kraków (17)
1980–1984 Ruch Chorzów 102 (5)
1984–1987 Paderborn
1988 New Jersey Eagles
1989 Ruch Chorzów 15 (0)
1989–1990 Garfield Vistula
1990–1991 Gremio Lusitano
1991–1992 Polonia Falcons
1992–1995 Connecticut Wolves
1993–1994 Bridgeport Vasco da Gama
1995–1997 Albany Alleycats
1998–2000 Western Mass Pioneers
Teams managed
1990–1991 Gremio Lusitano
1992 Polonia Falcons
1993–1995 Connecticut Wolves
1993–1994 Bridgeport Vasco da Gama
1996–1997 Albany Alleycats
1998–2000 Western Mass Pioneers
2004–2006 Western Mass Pioneers
2008–2010 Western Mass Pioneers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Leszek Wrona is a retired Polish association football defender who played professionally in Poland, Germany and the United States. After his retirement, he remained in the United States where he coached in the USISL and USL PDL.

In 1972, the seventeen-year-old Wrona debuted for Garbarnia Kraków. In 1976, he moved to Legia Warsaw where he spent most of two seasons with the club’s reserve team. He played one league cup game against Stal Mielic on June 8, 1976. In 1979, he moved to second division Hutnik Kraków where he tied for the league scoring lead that season.[1] In 1980, he signed with Ruch Chorzów. In 1984, Wrona moved to Germany where he joined TuS Schloß Neuhaus. In 1985, the team merged with TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus to form SC Paderborn 07. Wrona remained with the renamed team for two more seasons before briefly spending time with the New Jersey Eagles during the 1988 American Soccer League season. He then returned to Ruch Chorzów where he was part of the club's 1989 Polish championship. He left the team after the championship and moved to the United States.[2] He played for Garfield Vistula. In 1990, Wrona became a player-coach with Gremio Lusitano, taking the team to the 1991 LASA league championship. In 1992, he moved to the Polonia Falcons where he took them to the 1992 CSSA Cup Championship. In 1993, the expansion Connecticut Wolves of the USISL hired Wrona as the team’s first head coach.[3] He both coached and played for the Wolves until resigning in June 1995.[4] During that time, he also played and coached for Bridgeport Vasco da Gama. After leaving Wolves, Wrona spent the rest of the 1995 season playing for the Albany Alleycats. That year, he also became the head coach of the Plainville High School boys’ team, a position he held until 1999. In 2000, he became the head coach of the Plainville girls’ team. In 1996, Wrona briefly coached the Albany Alleycatsteam, then became the head coach for the 1997 season.[5] In 1997, Gremio Lusitano founded the Western Mass Pioneers to compete in the USISL D-3 Pro League. In October 1997, the team named Wrona as head coach. Wrona took the Pioneers to the 1998 league championship. He left the team in 2000, returned in 2004, left the team in 2006 and returned in 2008. He left the team for the third time in June 2010. Leszek Wrona now runs a youth soccer academy out of an indoor soccer facility in Bristol, CT. Leszek Wrona's Soccer Academy gives young players coaching, aiming to improve their ball skills as well as their "soccer IQ".[citation needed]

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