Since coming to the University of Hartford Viltsu Tuumi has become a great leader on the field and off it. From the start of the season he has shown leadership and commitment to excellence. “What we are looking at now is a young man in his 20s he was in the army in Finland so he’s very mature past his years and he’s brining that to practice and in the game” according to goalkeeper coach Kevin Bacher.
It’s not easy adjusting to a new environment, coming to America from Finland could be a challenge for many but he claims it hasn’t been too hard. “The adjusting have been going great during pre-season the guys have been great and it really hasn’t been hard at all, the language thing was a little bit of a problem but it’s getting better every day” said Tuumi when asked about adjusting to America.
So far the talent that Viltsu showed at the professional level in Finland has translated well in the AE just last week he received the America East Rookie Player of the week award. Coach Bacher is very confident in his goalkeeper’s future. “I think he’s going to be fine if he keeps doing what he’s’ doing I mean he’s going to be here for four years he has great potential to be a great conference player and maybe further and I think he has a bright future ahead of him” said Bacher.