Pittsburgh -- Terry “Tuffy” Shallenberger has expanded his role in the Pittsburgh soccer landscape by becoming majority owner of Highmark Stadium at Station Square in Pittsburgh.
“Highmark Stadium is the finest soccer facility you’ll find in USL PRO. I knew from the first time I set foot in this stadium that I wanted to be involved. It’s in a perfect location, with an unparalleled view of the city, and its potential is limitless,” said Shallenberger.
Shallenberger, 46, of Connellsville, PA, came to prominence in Pittsburgh’s soccer scene this past season, when he came on as majority owner of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. This latest move strengthens his role within the team. Shallenberger is already looking ahead to the 2014 season.
“We look to put a winning team on the field this year, with some major players on our roster, and we’ll be upgrading and expanding the facility to add to the total soccer experience. It’s going to be a great season, and a lot of exciting things will be happening at Highmark Stadium.”
Shallenberger is dedicated to seeing soccer flourish in southwestern Pennsylvania, investing in youth soccer programs and training facilities. After acquiring majority ownership of the Riverhounds, Shallenberger expanded the Riverhounds youth academy training program to include the The Riverhounds Academy in Connellsville. The indoor facility, located in Scottdale, includes a new synthetic turf soccer field for year-round training. Shallenberger has also constructed outdoor soccer fields for youth games and training in Connellsville to encourage more youth participation in the sport.
About Tuffy Shallenberger
Shallenberger is the president and owner of several companies based out of Connellsville, Pa, including Shallenberger Construction Inc., which was established in 1971. Regarded as a leader in construction project management, Shallenberger Construction has grown its breadth of services to include a strong concentration in the Marcellus shale industry, completing site development and reclamation at well locations for the oil and gas industry, providing environmental and geotechnical services, managing erosion and sedimentation control issues, and offering equipment and expertise in paving, asphalt milling projects, and utility installation.
Shallenberger SportsPlex, located along Breakneck Road in Connellsville, has a total of 112 available acres for development, of which just five acres are currently developed. With plans to grow to an eight-field outdoor complex with a full-sized indoor field and strength and speed facilities, the site will service the needs of Connellsville Youth Soccer Association and local area youth athletes, while offering a home for the official launch of The Riverhounds Academy in Connellsville.
According to Shallenberger, who developed the land for the area’s children entirely through his own funding, the facility will continue to evolve over the coming years, but it is the training expertise that is most critically needed in the area.
“I have seen the Riverhounds trainers in action, and there is no substitute for the energy, passion, expertise, and experience they deliver in their Academy. This area is starving for a soccer education and in that case, we have to turn to the professionals.”
To stay in touch with Tuffy, you can follow him on Twitter @Tuffy_Shall