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OPDL Technical Staff and Coaches


We are now accepting applications for the

2025 NIAGARA FC OPDL Head Coach Positions for all age divisions.  This application is open to all who hold the proper qualifications.

If you are interested in applying as an Assistant Coach, you may fill out this Coaching Application as well.


OPDL EXECUTIVE & TECHNICAL STAFF

Sharon Danku

Sharon Danku

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of OPDL

PAUL  O'ROURKE

PAUL O'ROURKE

NFSC LEAD TECHNICAL and DIRECTOR OF HIGH PERFORMANCE OPDL

Vince LEPIANE

Vince LEPIANE

NFSC - NIAGARA FC OPDL GOALKEEPER COACH


OPDL Head Coaches

OPDL Head Coaches provide the highest level of youth coaching and development in Ontario.  All NIAGARA FC OPDL Head Coaches are required to have and to meet the following requirements as per OPDL Operational Guidelines - Section V - Team and Match Officials - #29:

  • All team officials must have evidence of clear Canadian Police Information Check (CPIC) certification that is no more than three years old by January 1st of the current year.
  • All team officials must have valid Respect in Soccer certification. 
  • Head Coaches shall have a valid standard First Aid with CPR & AED – Level C.
  • Head Coaches shall not be assigned to the same team his/her child plays for.
  • Head Coaches shall not be a Technical Director for an OPDL Licence Holder.
  • Head Coach must be a paid (either full or part-time) coach with Licence Holder
  • All OPDL Head Coaches must hold a minimum qualification of a Canadian National B Licence or a Youth Licence.
  • NOTE:  The Canada Soccer Youth Licence will be the minimum qualification, in place of the National B Licence, as of 2024.
  • Making Headway In Soccer
  • Rule of Two 
  • Making Ethical Decisions - both the in-class and online evaluation completed.

All coaches must be a non-parent, paid for their duties on the bench, and can coach with a group for no more than 2 years. All of this is to help create a fair and high-level experience for all players.

Registration

Want to contribute to the development of high-level players? Register below! 


2023-24 OPDL HEAD COACHES and BENCH STAFF

Boys OPDL Head Coaches

IAN CUMMINS

IAN CUMMINS

2011 - U13 BOYS OPDL HEAD COACH

Assistants:
Brielle Kaminsky
Ben Johnson
 
Manager:
Jonathan Cook

SAM PATERSON

SAM PATERSON

2010 - U14 BOYS OPDL HEAD COACH

Assistants:
Brian Panunto
Frank Nicolazzo

JESSICA DANKU

2009 - U15 BOYS OPDL HEAD COACH

Assistant:
Peter Ault

 


IAN CUMMINS

IAN CUMMINS

2008/2007 - U17 BOYS OPDL HEAD COACH

AssistantS:
Brielle Kaminsky
Ben Johnson

Girls OPDL Head Coaches

DAVID CURRIE

DAVID CURRIE

2010 - U14 GIRLS OPDL HEAD COACH

Assistant: 
Brielle Kaminsky
 
Manager:
Marnie Mcadam

PATRICK HABA

PATRICK HABA

2009 - U15 GIRLS OPDL HEAD COACH

AssistantS:
George Hantziagelis
WENDY PAK

SAM PATERSON

SAM PATERSON

2008/2007 - U17 GIRLS OPDL HEAD COACH

AssistantS:
LUCY CONTINELLI
Kayla Bevaqua
Michael Folino