- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The former Milwaukee Wave coach refused to characterize his departure from the team as a firing Tuesday and said he’s planning to start a soccer academy.

The professional indoor soccer team announced last week that Coach Keith Tozer and the Wave had “amicably” parted ways after 22 years.

Tozer, who had two years remaining on his contract, said at a news conference that he reached an agreement with owner Sue Black, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/1jwVDXi ).

“If anybody is looking for a leader, I’m available,” Tozer said.

“This is another chapter for the Milwaukee Wave and another chapter for Keith Tozer,” he said. “And that’s something that no one can ever take away from me. This isn’t a time of sorrow or a funeral.”

Tozer led the Wave to six league championships and had a big impact on the community through the team’s summer camp program and through players taking on youth coaching responsibilities with area clubs and high school teams.

Tozer also said he will open the K. Tozer Soccer Academy in June at various southeastern Wisconsin locations. It will be available to children ages 4 to 15 and will offer tournaments, leagues, team training, goalkeeping camps and coaching education, according to a prepared statement.

The Wave said last week that the team was released from the Major Indoor Soccer League and was in negotiations to join the Professional Arena Soccer League. It plans to search for a new coach when it identify a new league.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com