The Mentor Program was founded in September 2014 to promote continuous referee development and provide a forum for the exchange of soccer knowledge. The mission of the mentoring team is to support aspiring referees, provide constructive feedback, and inspire referees to embark on new challenges to help with their growth. The average referee retention rate is approximately 45% across Ontario, however, the endorsement of OSC's program has increased this to an estimated 90% rate in Oakville. The goal for the 2017 Fall Indoor, 2018 Winter Indoor, and 2018 Summer Season is to compile 500 total mentor reports.
The initiative is overseen by Matthew Aslett, Youth and Adult Mentor Program Coordinator, who can be reached through email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A diverse and enthusiastic team of mentors has been recruited for the upcoming season, with a variety of experience levels and mentoring styles to cater to all ages of our 250 local referees:
Richard Bowden, Referee Development Manager
Richard has been the Head OSC Referee since 2005 and has over 20 years of officiating experience. He coached competitively with Oakville Soccer Club from 1987 until 2001. Richard is a CSA Provincial Instructor and an accredited Onatrio Soccer Mentor Instructor. He is a chair for the Ontario Soccer Match Official Development Committee and a chair for OSC's Discipline Committee. He is a First Aid Instructor with the Toronto EMS and looks after programming for OSC.
Matthew Aslett, Youth & Adult Mentor Program Coordinator
Matthew is a level 6 match official who has officiated over 400 youth, adult, and competitive games since 2014. Matthew was selected for the inaugural Mentoring Team and was awarded an Oakville Soccer Club Scholarship Award in 2015. Starting in April 2016, Matthew has been the Youth Match Official and Mentor Coordinator at the Oakville Soccer Club. He is a fourth year Commerce Student, Teaching Assistant, and Research Assistant at Queen’s University with an exchange semester at Bocconi University (Italy) in 2017. Matthew was named as the Peel Halton Youth Referee of the Year in 2016 and received the OSA District Spirit of the Game Award in 2016. He was appointed as the Committee Chair for the Oakville Youth Summit 2018 and was recruited to be the Mentoring Task Force Team Leader for Ontario Soccer in 2018.
Isabella Springett, Mentoring Team Leader (U7 - U18)
Isabella is a level 6 match official, who aspires to officiate competitive level games in 2018. She received the Referee of the Year award in 2015 and has officiated over 125 youth games at the Oakville Soccer Club. Isabella won the Ontario Cup and Ontario Summer Games in 2016. She was recognized as a Referee Mentor in September 2016 and will focus on the development of OSC's new team members. She was named as OSC's Mentoring Team Leader in 2017, Programming Director for the Oakville Youth Summit 2018, and was recently recruited to the Ontario Soccer Mentor Task Force. Isabella was named the Most Valuable Soccer Player at her secondary school in 2016.
Katya Lopac, Assistant Team Leader (U11-U14)
Katya is a level 4 match official who has officiated over 100 games since 2014 and joined the mentoring team in August 2017. She has officiated in games ranging from small sided to entry level, including PHDL festivals in 2015 to 2018. She aspires to help many youth match officials develop into better referees with a higher understanding of the game. She has shared her knowledge as Assistant Team Leader since April 2018. Katya has been a Rep level player since 2006.
Katie Kennedy, Assistant Team Leader (U7-U10)
Katie is a new entry level match official. She was the Co-Game Leader of the Year in 2016 and officiated 75 games in the past couple seasons. She continues to impress with her positive attitude and willingness to teach young soccer players. Katie really enjoys being a match official and joined the Mentoring Team in July 2017. She became the Assistant Team Leader in April 2018, and now provides guidance to game leader and small sided officials.
Vladimir Haltigin, Senior Talented Pathway Mentor U15+
Vlad is a CSA-certified Referee Instructor and Regional Assessor. He is a retired OSA Provincial-level referee with 17 years of refereeing experience, and a two-time Ontario Cup Final referee. Vlad is also currently a member of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) responsible for the design and implementation of the original OSA Referee Mentoring and Coaching program. He is committed to the education and development of referees seeking advancement in the talented pathway stream. Vlad joined the Oakville Soccer Club Mentor Team in September 2016.
Richard Kuchta, Talented Pathway Mentor U15+
Richard is a level 7 match official and has 13 years of officiating experience. During his time with the Oakville Soccer Club, he has worked extensively with youth referees as part of OSC's support program. This includes mentoring, training, and on-field assistance. He is an active member of the Discipline Committee and enjoys working with both youth and adult referees. Richard also regularly attends PHSA meetings and joined the OSC Mentoring Team in 2014.
Michael Morrison, Talented Pathway Mentor U15+
Michael is a level 6 match official, who has officiated youth, adult, and competitive games since 2012. He credits his daughter for providing him with a healthy opportunity that changed his life. Michael was recognized in the inaugural Mentor Team and is currently participating in the District Referee Upgrade Program. Michael has participated in numerous OSC Tournaments, Festivals, and was selected to officiate in the YPHDL Cup Finals in 2016. He joined OSC's Mentoring Team as an inaguaral member in 2014.
Nicolas Lopac, Youth Mentor U7/8
Nicolas is an Entry Level match official who has officiated 50 games since 2016, when he started as a game leader and progressed to a small sided game official. He joined the mentoring team in April 2018 and has officiated in PHDL festivals and OSC Youth House League games in 2016 to 2018. He aspires to help youth match officials develop into better referees with a higher understanding of the game and especially looks forward to helping the youngest of referees as he remembers the great support he received from his mentors. Nicolas has also been a Rep level player at OSC since 2009.
Jason Soares, Youth Mentor U7/8
Jason is a new enetry level match official and looks forward to upgrading to competitive level games. He has officiated in over 75 games including PHDL competitive festivals since 2017 and was a recipient of the Small Sided Referee of the Year Award in 2017. He has been a soccer player with Oakville Soccer Club since 2007 and volunteered as a summer camp coach. He looks forward to guiding the younger and less experienced match officials.
Lukas Del Vecchio, Youth Mentor U7/8
Lukas is a new entry level match official that has officiated over 50 games since 2017 including several PHDL festivals. He has been playing with the Oakville Soccer Club since 2007 and has been playing in the ADP/RDP program since 2012. He joined the mentoring team in April 2018. With his positive attitude, Lukas is enthusiastic to educate and develop youth match officials into better referees with a higher understanding of the game.
Karley Janula, Youth Mentor U7/8/9/10
Karley was the Co-Game Leader of the Year in 2016 for the Oakville Soccer Club and is currently a level 4 match official. She has officiated 160 games since April 2016 and has played soccer since she was 5 years old. Karley is very knowledgeable and interacts with players in an enthusiastic manner. She really enjoyed her experience and hopes to progress with her refereeing career, joining the Mentoring Team in July 2017.
Nicholas Bruno, Youth Mentor U7/8/9/10
Nic is a level 6 match official, who has officiated over 100 youth games and worked as the Youth Referee Assignor for Oakville in the summers of 2017 and 2018. Nic was selected to be a Referee Mentor in September 2016. He is currently in his fourth year of completing a Political Science Specialist Degree at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. He is trained in Standard First Aid, and has completed the health care practitioner level CPR certification at St. John’s Ambulance.
Mathias Lovera, Youth Mentor U9/10/11/12
Mathias Lovera is currently a level 6 match official who has officiated over 160 games ranging from house league to competitive since 2013. Mathias was selected to become a mentor in August 2017 given his knowledge of the laws and positive personality. Mathias will be attending Brock University in the fall of 2018 and is working towards a higher level for his match official accreditation. Mathias aspires to be a match official for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Shayon Eshghi, Youth Mentor U9/10/11/12
Shayon is a level 5 match official who has officiated over 70 youth house league games since 2017 throughout the outdoor and indoor seasons. As a result of his willingness to learn and dedication to refereeing, he was given the opportunity to officiate an OSC youth playoff championship game at the end of the 2018 winter season. He was also recruited to become a member of the mentoring team in April 2018. Shayon is now looking forward to pass on his growing experience and knowledge to new referees.
Jack Murray, Youth Mentor U9/10/11/12
Jack is a level 4 match official, who has officiated over 200 games since 2014 and was appointed as a Referee Mentor in July 2017. Jack has been involved with OSC since he began playing soccer at the age of four. He is enthusiastic about the opportunity to participate in the development of young referees while continuing his own officiating education.
Kaifi Saleh, Youth Mentor U9/10/11/12
Kaifi is a level 5 match official who has officiated over 100 games for OSC since 2016. He plans to officiate competitive games and help develop the club's newest match officials through the mentoring program after joining the team in April 2018. He has received constructive feedback from mentors in the past, and thus understands the significant impact mentors can have on the growth of a youth referee. Kaifi is a first year Medical Sciences & Business student at Western University and he hopes to continue his growth as a match official and mentor with OSC in the upcoming years.
Christian Lopac, Youth Mentor U11/12/13/14
Christian is a level 6 match official and joined the mentoring program in August 2017. He has officiated for 7 years, including selections for OSC playoff, GHSL competitive, and PHDL festival games. He enjoys being a referee and mentor, while helping his fellow match officials develop into better referees with a higher understanding of the game. Christian has been a soccer player since 2005, and has represented OSC as a Rep level player for the last 10 years. He will be attending Sheridan College starting in the fall of 2018.
Kristina Makxam-Triga, Youth Mentor U11/12/13/14
Kristina is a level 6 match official, who has officiated over 125 games at the recreational and competitive levels including Oakville Soccer Club tournaments and festival games. She was a recipient of the OSC Entry Level Referee of the Year Award in 2016 and joined the mentoring team in January 2017.
Alexandra Labuda, Youth Mentor U11/12/13/14
Alexandra is a level 6 match official, who has officiated over 100 games with the Oakville Soccer Club since 2012. Alex was appointed as a Referee Mentor at the Oakville Soccer Club in September 2015, working with new referees from the ages of 12 to 15. Alexandra has worked as a Youth Referee Assignment Assistant in the summer of 2016, assisting with assignments and organizing presentations. She is a second year Urban Planning Student at the University of Waterloo. Alexandra has been selected to mentor at numerous PHDL festivals and received the Referee of the Year Award in 2016. She was the Marketing and Communications Director for the Oakville Youth Summit 2018.
Eric Davidson, Youth Mentor U13/14
Eric started refereeing in 2001 and was President for the Brant District Referees Association from 2002 to 2004. He was also a Representative on the Ontario Council of Referees. He then became a member of the North York Association from 2005 to 2009, while officiating at various levels in Toronto. In 2009, he moved to Burlington and is currently a District Level Referee. He is the Vice Present for the Halton Referees Association and mentors within PHSA. He was a recipient of OSC's Match Official Service Award in 2017.
Robert O’Halloran, Youth Mentor U13/14
Robert is a level 6 match official who has officiated over 275 youth and adult, recreational and competitive games since 2012. Robert was appointed as a Referee Mentor in July 2016. He has been asked to mentor at various festivals and has assisted with administration for the Discipline Committee. He was a recipient of OSC's Youth Match Official of the Year in 2017 and was the Sponsorship Director for the Oakville Youth Summit 2018. He is first aid certified and is the OSC Class Marker Education Module Consultant for youth match officials.
Alessandro Vina, Youth Mentor U13/14
Alessandro is a level 6 match official who has been officiating with Oakville Soccer Club for 8 years. He was one of the first youth mentors to join the program since its inception in 2014 and has officiated over 300 games at the youth, adult, and competitive level since 2011. Alessandro is currently studying at Queen’s University and aspires to continue developing in his refereeing and mentoring career. He enjoys the benefits of working as a team and helping others learn. He also enjoys playing soccer at a high level, winning multiple championships with his high school and rep teams.