The Milwaukee Wave will celebrate its 30th year in 2013-14 and in recognition of that anniversary new owner and CEO Sue Black introduced a sleek new look with new team logos and uniforms, as well as some front office changes at a press conference Thursday outside the U.S.Cellular Arena.
"Being the 30th year it was like go big or go home and that's what we've done," Black said. "I truly want to bring a championship back to Milwaukee."
With that in mind, the team also announced several new player signings, including 2013 Major Indoor Soccer League All-Rookie team member Carlos Munoz.
"A new uniform, a new direction, and next year we are confident we will be doing our best to bring a championship back to Milwaukee," Wave forward Hewerton said.
With the new additions and with head coach Keith Tozer back with a new extension, the Wave hopes to top the 3 million mark in franchise attendance in 2014.
"I just hope you're as proud of this team as I am," Black said.
Other notables in attendance included former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and Frank Gimbel, chairman of The Wisconsin District.
"I'm just so excited about the future and making this thing happen," Black said.
The Wave opens its home season on Dec. 7 against the Baltimore Blast.
Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.
A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.
To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.
Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining OnMilwaukee.com.
In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.
Golf aficionados who venture into Illinois have also read Jim in GOLF Chicago Magazine as well as the Chicago District Golfer and Illinois Golfer magazines.