by Staff Writer



DUNEDIN, FL - A contingency of Dunedin Pirates addressed the Dunedin City Commission tonight. The team's goal is for the community of Dunedin to embrace the Pirates as their home team.  Pirates Vice President Steve Korossy outlined the partnership the Pirates have forged with Dunedin High School, since the Pirates home field is Dunedin Memorial Stadium on the campus of Dunedin High School.  Korossy said the team recently changed their name to the Dunedin Pirates, from the Anclote Pirates, because of the team's commitment to the close-knit community of Dunedin.

Pirates President Andy Villamarzo described the possible connection the team can make with young men and offer them an opportunity to get to college or professional levels of football.  Villamarzo also reiterated the commitment the team has to the Dunedin community.

Pirates Head Coach Ernest Givins addressed the commission and described his professional football career and the impact he has had on young men over the course of nearly twenty-five years of coaching men's minor league football. "I turn young men into grown men", Givins said.  "When you turn young men into grown men, you got a great organization. I'm trying to keep them off the streets, I'm trying to keep them in school. I'm trying make them become nice young men".

Givins cited his success as a coach and described how he and Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator Thad Starling have had success over the years, which has led to former players making it to the National Football League. Givins was clear when he said the Pirates are all on board with involvement in the Dunedin Community.

Following the presentation, the team presented commission members with Dunedin Pirates shirts.  

The Pirates will have their first practice on October 17, 2017.  The 2018 FFA Regular Season kicks off on January 27, 2018. If you are Interested in being a player or sponsor, visit www.dunedinpirates.com or email President Andy Villamarzo at avillamarzo.pirates@gmail.com