Local technology entrepreneur Stephen Malik is the new owner of the Carolina RailHawks, the team announced Friday at a news conference.
The team had been owned by Aaron Davidson, who was indicted by the U.S. Justice Department in the FIFA investigation.
“The RailHawks are a superb organization representing one of the fastest growing regions with tremendous potential for soccer leadership in the nation,” said new RailHawks owner Steve Malik. “Our goal is to take the RailHawks to the highest level through additional investment in marketing, players, and staffing. We are excited to lead our community in working together to give the Triangle a world-class soccer team.”
Malik is the chairman of Medfusion and an advisor to Bull City Venture Partners. He purchased the club from Traffic Sports USA. He played high school soccer and coached at the youth level.
Also Friday, the RailHawks announced midfielder Tiyi Shipalane has signed “a multi-year deal.”
He will enter his fifth season with the RailHawks in 2016.
“This is a strong statement by our new owner Steve Malik ahead of the 2016 season,” said RailHawks President and General Manager Curt Johnson. “He understands what our fans and supporters want. Winning is a priority. Tiyi is a dynamic, edge of your seat player. He is a great teammate, leader and someone that other teams have to adapt to. He makes plays that no one else can make and we are thrilled he will be with us for many years to come.”