Peter Armatis, 'perfect ambassador' for Fredericksburg FC, dies at age 54

Peter Armatis, one of top coaches in Fredericksburg (Va.) Football Club, died after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

The 54-year-old Armatis began as a rec coach and moved on to coach boys travel teams, working with the 2005 Red and 2007 Black teams this season. He also joined the FFC board of directors in spring 2019.

“His impact on the board was immediately felt by encouraging more social events and simply spending more time together off the field, which created an extremely positive vibe throughout the club which was much needed,” Grover Gibson, FFC’s president and executive director, said in a club release. “As Peter progressed at FFC, he was continually looking for ways to help not only the players, but other staff members and coaches as well, to excel and be not only better coaches, but simply better people. He was a perfect ambassador for FFC, as a coach, as a parent and as a board member.”

One of Armatis' favorite quotes -- picked up at his first United Soccer Coaches convention in 2018 -- was: “Nobody cares about how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Fredericksburg Football Club set up a scholarship fund through GoFundMe entitled, “Go FFC, Go Navy, Go Blues,” reflecting Armatis’ love of his youth club, the Navy and Chelsea. Already $13,000 was raised to help players take part in the travel program FFC offers.

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