24 Jul 2012
OAKVILLE, Ontario (July 24, 2012) – Oakville Soccer Club announced that Dino Lopez will take on the role of Technical Director beginning 8th August 2012.
Lopez, currently OSC’s Girls 1994 Age Group Head Coach, is a former Canadian National Team member and played in the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) and United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL, now the USL). He has coached at OSC since 2005 and holds USSF National A coaching qualifications.
“We are very pleased that we were able to hire Dino, who brings a history of success as a coach at OSC, as well as an impressive resume as a player,” OSC Chief Administrative Officer Paul Varian said. “We are excited to see the progress he makes in driving forward our plans for Long Term Player Development and leading our coaches.”
Several players Lopez has coached have gone on to play for provincial and national teams, as well as earned NCAA scholarships.
“I'm passionate about our Club’s success, passionate about soccer development in Canada and the only TD job I would consider is the job here in Oakville,” Lopez said. “I'm flattered that the Club and the Board have put their faith in me. I follow in the steps of two TDs (Jason deVos and Brett Mosen) whom I respect very much and hope that I can live up to the standard that they have set.”
Lopez will head a group of 24 professional age group head coaches, a coach development manager, and referee development manager. He joins OSC as Technical Director during year two of the Club’s Five Year Strategic Plan, designed to uphold the concept of “Advancing Every Player.”
“My job is to make sure that we continue our momentum along that path and that we continue to make the minute changes and refinements within the Technical Strategic Plan so that the Club is flush on the rails towards success,” Lopez said. “Since my playing days ended, I've spent the last decade building a sales career while coaching for seven years coaching in Oakville. During that time, my success has been based on being able to plan and, more importantly, to execute my plan. We are at the execution phase at Oakville Soccer Club and I look forward to being part of the team that helps the club achieve our lofty ambitions.”