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Coaches - Development Award: Rick Morandini

Rick Morandini has over 35 years of experience in soccer in many facets of the game. He has been a steady presence at both the club and the provincial level, and has made a significant impact on a great number of clubs, teams, and coaches within the Ontario Soccer family.

Rick’s playing career was predominantly within the GTA and GTHA, playing competitively in the Toronto and District Premier League with the Toronto Azzurri, and then later semi-professionally with the Toronto Italia and Hamilton Italo-Canadians (from 1972-1980). He also played with the Ontario Senior Provincial Team at the Canada Games in 1970, and with the Canadian National team in 1977.

Rick has served on the Club’s Executive side of the game as Club Director for clubs like the Malton Soccer Club, Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club and York Jets Soccer Club. On the Manager/Administration side, Rick has served as Club Manager at Barrie Soccer Club and Club Head Coach at Oakville Soccer Club. Rick is currently a Technical Advisor for the Newmarket Soccer Club. Rick has also amassed experience in the post-secondary athletics area of the game at Humber College, George Brown College and Sheridan College. 

In addition to the plethora of experiences Rick has acquired in the game, he also holds several certifications and positions. He holds a Canada Soccer A License, and he is a certified Ontario Soccer Learning Facilitator and Master Learning Facilitator, a Master Coach Developer, a Long Term Player Development Champion, an Ontario Soccer C License Instructor and Evaluator, and a Canada Soccer Community Workshop Learning Facilitator. He is a member of the Ontario Soccer Technical Staff, a Scout for the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL), and Coach Assessor.

As the soccer landscape continues to evolve, Rick has been a steadfast teacher and advocate for the game. He is a pillar within the coaching community, and his leadership and dedication are most appreciated.

Rick Morandini was nominated by Newmarket Soccer Club.