The NSCAC is a non-profit organization run by volunteers that want to add to the coaching experience. We do not administer certification courses. That responsibility lies with the Provincial and National Associations. We simply look to add to a coach's experience by offering specific seminars on various topics. We also represent the voice of the many coaches on a National basis in order to unite coaches so that they can be heard as a group.
Tony Waiters is a former England international football goalkeeper and Canadian national football team head coach. Waiters was in charge when Canada qualified for the 1986 World Cup finals, their only time in the finals. Waiters was the first Director of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) Goalkeeping Institute. He remains a National Staff Coach of the NSCAA and U.S. Soccer.
John DeBenedictis has been coaching for over 35 years at many levels. He currently runs his Golden Goal Scoring Course based on his book, "The Last 9 Seconds". His course is for athletes over 13 years of age up to professional players. DeBenedictis has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physical and Health Education as well as earning an advanced certificate of coaching from York University. He holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a Provincial Pre-B coaching license.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Alf DeBlasis has been a media industry professional for over 30 years with a specialization in live sports production. Most recently a Senior Producer for sports network beINSports, he also has experience in the live presentation of six FIFA World Cupsfor both OMNI-TV & TLN Telelatino Network. In addition to contributing to other Canadian specialty sports media outlets including TSN Radio & Sportsnet, he was also the Managing Editor of Inside Soccer Magazine.
Director of Soccer
Kosmas Mouratidis, is a USSF "A" licensed coach. He has coached numerous All-PAC players and PAC MVP’s and was a two-time PAC Coach of the year. He currently serves as the Technical Director for the Thornhill Soccer Club. He was the Coordinator of Physical Education and Sports Studies at Bethany College. As a player he was honoured as a two-time All-PAC performer, PAC MVP, All-Region and NSCAA All-American during his tenure at Bethany College.
Tony La Ferrara is a CSA National “B” licensed Coach. A former high school and college teacher and coaching instructor, Tony has coached at all levels of soccer in Ontario from youth to senior amateur & professional, with both men and women. He holds the enviable record of coaching high school, college and university soccer and winning numerous provincial and national championships. He has been honoured on several occasions with the coach of the year award. Tony has also been a writer for soccer publications and served as the colour analyst for CFMT & TLN TV during World Cups, European Championships and Serie A soccer.
Director of Sports Science
Richard Bucciarelli is a soccer fitness coach and President of Soccer Fitness Inc., a company that provides soccer-specific fitness testing, training, and coach education to soccer players, teams, and coaches throughout the Greater Toronto Area. He's been involved in the coaching scene for about 18 years now and has worked at some of the highest levels of the game, including the Canadian Women's National Teams, the Toronto FC Academy Teams, and Canadian SC - a professional soccer club in Uruguay.
Valerio has an extensive background in coaching players and teams of all different skill levels and ages. He believes through hard work and commitment every player can achieve their true potential. His focus in training sessions are on the technical and tactical development of the total soccer player. Valerio uses European and South American training methodologies in all of his sessions.
Mladen Vugrinicek is the current head coach for the OPDL 2003 Boys at North Mississauga Soccer Club. He's been in the professional soccer scene for over 30 years and has experience working at 14 different soccer clubs/establishments across Canada and Croatia. Mladen has a UEFA B license under the Croatian Football Federation, and a CSA National B license. Additionally, he's earned an Ontario Soccer - OPDL Level 2 Certificate, a Coerver Coaching diploma, a Canadian (Provincial) Coaching B License, and a Canadian Soccer Referee Level C3, among other qualifications.
Joe Fournier is a passionate individual who is self-driven and always looking to improve and become a better person. He has had the privilege to travel, spend time and observe amazing teams and coaches in training including: FCBarcelona Academy teams @ La Masia, RCD Espanyol Academy (Eric Tenllado among them), Tim Lees of Liverpool FC Academy, Chelsea FC Foundation, Montreal Impact Academy and first team, Toronto FC Academy, Ottawa Fury FC first team and Jed Davies author of "Coaching the Tiki Taka Style of Play". These experiences has given him the chance to develop as a better teacher and coach, but also gave him the chance to discover various cultures and customs
(Sarnia and Windsor)
Steve has been involved in coaching males and females of all ages in Southwestern Ontario for many years now. He is the Club Head Coach for Sarnia Girls S.C. and an assistant coach with Lambton College's Women's Outdoor and Indoor Soccer programs. In addition, he has spent the last seven years as an Ontario Soccer coach educator, delivering grassroots coaching courses within the province. Steve is passionate about the game and has pursued coaching education with Ontario Soccer, USSF, United Soccer Coaches, Coerver Coaching and the World Football Academy among others.
Andrew is currently a youth coach within the Toronto Soccer Association. Having coached in Newmarket, Scarborough and Toronto, he is also a former District Coach with the Toronto and Scarborough Soccer Associations. Andrew has also coached at the high school level and is currently a coach at a private school in Toronto. In an earlier life, Andrew was a communications professional with various not-for-profits and was a freelance journalist having contributed to The Soccer News and CBC local and national radio. He has various OSA, NSCAA and NCCP football certificates as well as a referee license. Andrew has grown most significantly as a coach thanks to the courses of Raymond Verheijen whose 5 day courses he has taken in person and whose online mentorship courses he is now in year two of. Andrew considers himself extremely fortunate to be working with youth players while sharing the knowledge he has acquired in a field that he loves.
Jason is UEFA Pro Licence qualified coach with over 20 years coaching and leadership experience in professional youth soccer academies. He was an Academy coach at Southampton FC, AFC Bournemouth and Reading FC in England. He holds the FA Academy Managers Licence and later was employed as the Academy Director at Burnley FC and Dalian Yifang FC (Chinese Super League). He also worked for the English Football Association as a Coach Education Tutor. Jason is currently the Technical Director of the West Canada Soccer Academy, the soccer program of The Dome Red Deer in Alberta. He also holds the position of Technical Director for the Central Alberta Soccer Association.
Marco Moras, is a resident of Alliston, Ontario who attended Durham College in Oshawa, graduating in 1997 with a Sports Administration Program Diploma. During his time at Durham, Marco worked with both the National Coaching Certification Program, and the Ontario Soccer Association as an Assistant Program and Event Coordinator. Coach Moras is currently the Head Coach of the Women's soccer program at Lakehead University and also coaches League1 Reserve and OPDL with the Woodbridge Strikers Soccer Club. Over his 30 years of coaching, Marco has coached at several of the top clubs in Ontario, such as Vaughan, Bolton, Kleinburg and Woodbridge, where in 2001 he coached the U13 Boys Ontario Cup Provincial Champions. Currently, Marco holds a CSA National B P1, OSA Provincial C License, OSA Goalkeeper Diploma, OSA Soccer Fitness Trainer Diploma and is currently enrolled in the CSA National Youth License.
Andrew Latham is currently the head coach for the Lower Island Soccer Association in Victoria, British Columbia, a position he has held since 2008. Andrew moved to Canada 2001 after spending three and a half years with Sheffield United in the centre of excellence and academy program. During his time with Sheffield United he introduced futsal to the academy players. Andrew also serves as the Coach Services Advisor for the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, supporting and mentoring coaches in British Columbia across multiple sports. Andrew holds the Canada Soccer A license along with the recently introduced Children’s License along with the US Soccer A license , UEFA B license and USYSA Youth License. He is a graduate of the National Coaching Institute of Canada and also has a Masters Degree in coaching from the University of Victoria
Grégory Hallé Petiot
My contribution to the area of Sport Sciences and Coaching of young age levels in soccer is to combine the design of representative games, and enhance it with psychological interventions such as verbalization exercises that help players understand their environment and make sound decisions. This interest stems from the latest concerns to develop great players, in both practical and scientific perspectives and will be develop in post-graduate study projects.
Peter Polillo is a grassroots level coach, and educator, with over 25 years experience. Peter has completed his Pre-B Assessment and has worked with players at a variety of levels from recreational to academy.
Ian McClurg is the owner and Performance Coach of Ian McClurg Learn Perform Coaching, one of Canada’s leading soccer development companies, providing specialist soccer coaching to boys and girls of all abilities, aged from 5-16+. McClurg is a UEFA “A” licensed certified coach, which is Europe’s top coaching qualification. He earned a Masters in Performance Coaching at the University of Stirling in Scotland and is a former North American Talent ID scout and coach for English Premier League club Wolves. McClurg has extensive coaching contacts throughout North America and Europe and has served as a Toronto FC Academy staff coach in the past.