Thomas Rongen (Player) – Inducted 2011
Thomas played for the Dutch club Ajax and with the Dutch Olympic Team before moving to the United States in 1979 when he joined the LA
Aztecs of the NASL. He played for the Washington Diplomats and was a player, player-coach, and coach with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
He also coached at Nova Southeastern University. Thomas went on to become the winningest coach in MLS history with Tampa Bay Mutiny, New England Revolution, and DC United. He was named Coach of the Year in 1996 while with Tampa Bay, and won his first MLS crown with DC United in 1999. Thomas currently coaches the U20 Men’s National Team, and led the team to the U20 World Cup in 2007 and 2009.Thomas was
the Academy Director for Toronto FC from 2012 & 2013. He is the Head Coach for Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at present.