Cleveland Crunch Appoints Former Crunch Player Benny Dargle As Head Coach

The Cleveland Crunch has appointed retired professional indoor soccer player and former Cleveland Crunch player Benny Dargle as head coach for the 2022-23 Major League Indoor Soccer (MLIS) season.

“I am very pleased to be named head coach for the 2022-23 season,” Dargle says. “I know the team has had two successful seasons in a row. I am excited to keep that success going and ultimately looking to bring another Crunch championship to Cleveland.”

Dargle, a native of Liverpool, England, has made over 500 appearances throughout his professional career and has played for The University of Akron, Cleveland Crunch (1989-90), Cleveland Force (1983-88), Canton Invaders (1991-96), Cleveland Cobras (1978), Detroit Express (1979-80), Detroit Express Indoor (1979-81), Washington Diplomats (1981), Seattle Sounders Indoor (1981-82), and Seattle Sounders (1983).

Dargle has 20+ years of coaching experience. He acted as the Cleveland FC Soccer Camp director for more than 15 years, served as a head coach for Ashland University, Canton Invaders and Midpark High School, and was the assistant coach for Brunswick High School and Magnificat High School.

“We are very excited to welcome Benny Dargle to the Cleveland Crunch team,” says Luciano V. Ruscitto, Cleveland Crunch managing partner. “Dargle embodies all the qualities we are looking for in a coach. His career experience and values are a perfect match for the organization, and we look forward to a bright future ahead.”