I’ve been lucky to spend close to twenty five years coaching at all levels of the game both in Canada and the United States with players of all ages and abilities during that time fortunate enough to see players I’ve worked with reach some of the highest levels of the game and retain a love and desire to play.
Starting with local Eastern Ontario programs in the mid-eighties I have served on the Provincial Staff in Ontario, the District Staff in Eastern Ontario, and as a head coach at the Elite Youth. Collegiate and Senior levels in this province.
During my two year tenure with the EODSA over fifteen players from Eastern Ontario were identified for inclusion in the Ontario Provincial Team tryout’s with a half dozen of those eventually making the team and two those serving as captain’s of Ontario’s squad.
Formerly on the staff of the Ottawa Fury where I served as the Fury’s Youth Development Officer in 2003 before taking charge of the U17s girls program then subsequently the academy entry age programs for girls. During this time the teams under my guidance qualified for the USL’s Super Y-League Championships and in 2005 finished third at the US Club Soccer National Cup Finals.
Along the way I have served in many capacities with younger players – working in the OSA Soccer School programs, serving as a Camp Director for Post-to-Post Camps in the United States, as the founder of CanadaKicks and Technical Director for Coerver Coaching in Eastern Canada.
Throughout his time coaching I’ve seen the same pattern repeat itself. “We see players of all ages that are missing a strong grounding in the basics skills of the game. An early introduction and emphasis on the these skills would not only improve these players chances later on but make the game more enjoyable no matter what level they reach later in life.”
On the writing side I was one of the authors of the Coerver Coaching Club Curriculum in use by a number of clubs in Ontario and authored Coerver Coaching Canada East’s Coaching Accreditation program. I also served as Editor and Publisher of Grassroots Coach an online magazine for coaches and since 1995 have been “the editor” of CanadaKicks an online news site for Canadian soccer news.
2013 Ontario Soccer Association
Certified as Coaching Course Learning Facilitator to aid in the delivery of new OSA coaching courses in support of Long Term Player Development program.
2011 Ottawa Fury, Ottawa ON
Head Coach Girls U14 Program
Head coach of Ottawa Fury U14 Girls Super Y-League Team. Responsible for selection, training and development of team for participation in the United Soccer League U14 SYL Division. Team qualified for the SYL Championships in November.
2010-2011 Queen’s University, Kingston ON
Goalkeeper Coach – Men’s Team
Goalkeeper coach responsible for day to day training of goalkeeper for CIS Men’s team. Responsible for selecting goalkeepers for varsity squad and the selection of starting keeper for game day. Aid the rest of the staff with pre-season and off-season training and conditioning programs.
2008-2010 Cataraqui Clippers SC – Kingston, ON
Club Technical Director
Responsible for developing, implementing and nurturing player and coach development through sound program design and development. Provided mentorship to coaches in all programs and fostered good sportsmanship in a safe and fun environment. Established ongoing development programming and model for club’s use.
2007-08 Coerver Coaching – Prescott, ON
Director of Academy Programs and Team Summer Camps
Director of Academy Programs for Coerver Coaching in Kingston. Responsible for the training, delivery and implementation of program for academy programs under the auspices of Coerver Coaching Canada East.
Director of competitive teams summer training camps and the team training centre for the Cataraqui Clippers. Responsible for the day to day operation, delivery and implementation of camp program for club’s competitive teams under the auspices of Coerver Coaching Canada East. Trained eighteen teams over a sixteen week period.
2007 Ottawa Fury – Ottawa, ON
Head Coach Academy 1 and 3 Girls
Head coach of two Ottawa Academy Girls Team. Responsible for the selection, training and development of teams for participation in the tournaments and challenge games. Academy 1 squad reached the finals of the MIST tournament in their first competitive year while the Academy 3 Girls reached the final of the US Club Soccer National Qualifying Tournament, captured the Laval tournament title and reached the finals of the Salt City tournament in Syracuse in the summer of 2007.
2006 Ottawa Fury – Ottawa, ON
Head Coach Academy 2 Girls
Head coach of Ottawa Academy 2 Girls Team. Responsible for the selection, training and development of team for participation in tournaments and challenge games.
2004 – 2005 Ottawa Fury – Ottawa, ON
Head Coach Girls U17 Program
Head coach of Ottawa Fury U17 Girls Super Y-League Team. Responsible for the selection, training and development of team for participation in the United Soccer League’s U17 SYL Division. Team qualified for the SYL Championships two consecutive seasons and finished 3rd at US Club Soccer National Cup Finals.
2003 Ottawa Fury – Ottawa, ON
Youth Development Officer
Full time – Youth Development Officer responsible for the development, staffing and operation of residential and non-residential summer and winter development programs. Developed “Soccer in School Program” to promote programs, soccer and the Ottawa Fury within schools.
2001 – 2003 EODSA – Ottawa, ON
Head Coach, Girls Development Program
Head coach of Eastern Ontario District Soccer Associations U13 Girls Development Program. Responsible for the selection, training and development of District girls program for participation in the Ontario Soccer Association’s Provincial Identification Camp. Record nine players identified for selection for continued participation in provincial program with two players ultimately being chosen to be part of U14 provincial team. Continued development through winter program in preparation for trip in April to Philadelphia.
1998 – 2002 Coerver Coaching Canada East – Prescott, ON
Technical Director of Coerver Coaching Canada East the Canadian licensee for the Coerver Coaching. Develop and implement curriculum for player and coach education programs. Completed design and publication of six-step coaching education program based on age appropriate activities for coaches of players ages 6-18. Established coaching mentoring program and club coaching education program for Stittsville Soccer Club including writing of club curriculum for coaches from U6 to U14.
Director of highly successful soccer residential camp in Brockville that saw 120 players participate including 30 players plus their parents from Australia.
CanadaKicks – Brinston, ON
Founder in 1995 and President of CanadaKicks Soccer a soccer education company. CanadaKicks joined forces with Coerver Coaching Canada East after establishment of camps and clinics program in rural Easter Ontario. Editor and publisher of CanadaKicks at www.canadakicks.com since December 1995. Recognized as one of the original voices for soccer on the web in Canada – the web site is currently being re-focused for the future.
1992 – 1997 St. Lawrence College – Brockville, ON
Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Soccer
Head coach of Men’s and Women’s indoor soccer programs at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. Responsible for the selection, training and development of College program for participation in the Ontario Collegiate Athletic Association’s Provincial Soccer Championships. Fourth place finish at provincial’s in 1994-95 season the highest ever for the school. Named OCAA (Eastern Division) coach of the year in 1993-94.
1994 – 1998 Post-To-Post Soccer – Oveida, FL
Program Director, Summer Program
Program Director for Post-To-Post Soccer Camps. Responsible for the overall running of camps at Colgate University, Merrimack College and Cocoa Expo. Responsible for day to day camp operations, staff management, emergency action plans and overall program planning.
1992 – 1993 Ontario Soccer Association – Toronto, ON
Staff Coach, Provincial Team
Assistant coach of girls U17 Provincial Team for Ontario. Responsible for assisting in the selection, training and development of players for participation in the competitions as organized by the OSA and CSA. Third place finish at unofficial national championships in 1993 in Saskatchewan.