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 2018 Fall Indoor, 2019 Winter Indoor, and 2019 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 indoor 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 Oakville Soccer Club 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 grade 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 OSC. 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, while being recruited as the Mentoring Task Force Leader for Ontario Soccer and Peel Halton in 2018. He is also accredited as a District Instructor and District Assessor with Ontario Soccer.
Isabella Springett, Mentoring Team Leader (U13 - U18)
Isabella is a grade 6 match official, who aspires to officiate more competitive level games in 2019. 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, Mentoring Team Leader (U7-U12)
Katya is a grade 4 match official who has officiated over 100 games since 2014 and joined the mentoring team in August 2017. She received the Female Referee of the Year Award in 2017 and 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.
Christian Lopac, Assistant Team Leader (U13-U18)
Christian is a grade 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.
Katie Kennedy, Assistant Team Leader (U7-U12)
Katie is a grade 4 match official who was the Co-Game Leader of the Year in 2016 and has officiated 75 games since 2016. She continues to impress with her positive attitude and willingness to teach young soccer players while furthering her own development as a player in OPDL. 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 leaders and small sided officials.
Vladimir Haltigin, Senior Talented Pathway Mentor
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, Adult Mentor
Richard is a grade 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.
Pascal Djiadeu, Adult Mentor
Pascal is a grade 7 referee who has officiated since 2012 in youth and adult games for various recreational and competitive leagues including OSC, MYSL, MSA, BYSC, BUGSC, BAS, OYSL, OSL, OWSL, PHSL, GHSL, and MSC. Pascal is also a Public Health professional and HIV Intervention Researcher at St Michael's Hospital in Toronto and a community organizer. He has coached and mentored university students over the last 10+ years and is happy to use his skills and experience to get involved in the Youth and Adult match officials mentorship program at the OSC. He has organized community soccer tournaments and coordinated/mentored referees at the grassroots level. Pascal has the goal of helping improve the match official standard at OSC.
Michael Morrison, Youth Mentor U15-U18
Michael is a grade 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.
Sean Douglas Brooks, Youth Mentor U15-U18
Sean is a grade 7 match official who intends to upgrade in the upcoming seasons. He has officiated in a variety of leagues throughout his 7 years as a referee including OSL, OWSL, GHSL, OPDL, Oakville Youth, Oakville Adult, Milton Youth, and Milton Adult. Sean has been involved with Oakville Soccer Club for over 10 years; first as an assistant coach with his father, then as a rep player, and now as a match official and mentor. He was a recipient of the OSC Scholarship Award in 2014 and joined the OSC Mentoring Team in August 2018. His passion for mentoring has led to his desire to pursue a career as an educator, and he will be attending teacher’s college at Brock University in the fall of 2018.
Denise Klein Horsman, Youth Mentor U15-U18
Denise is a grade 6 match official with 7 years of experience. In 2016, Denise was honoured to be chosen as referee of the Ladies Masters Ontario Cup final. Having worked at OSC in the referee department as Referee Assignment and Discipline Coordinator from 2013 to 2016, Denise values the importance of mentoring and is excited to join the ranks of mentors, hoping to encourage her fellow match officials to feel more comfortable and confident in their role.
Eric Davidson, Youth Mentor Training Advisor
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 and joined the OSC Mentoring Team in 2017.
Karley Janula, Youth Mentor U13/14
Karley was the Co-Game Leader of the Year in 2016 for the Oakville Soccer Club and is currently a grade 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.
Mikaela Lowe, Youth Mentor U13/14
Mikaela has been involved in the Oakville Soccer Club for 19 years as a match official, competitive level player, and client services representative. She joined the Mentoring Team in August 2018 and hopes to translate the knowledge gained during her undergraduate research project in the area of sport as a tool for women’s empowerment to encourage female referee development. Mikaela has completed the health care practitioner CPR course and earned a certificate for Introduction to American Sign Language. Starting in the fall of 2018, Mikaela will be pursuing a Master’s of Occupational Therapy at McMaster University.
Kristina Makxam-Triga, Youth Mentor U11/12
Kristina is a grade 6 match official, who has officiated over 125 games at the recreational and competitive levels including Oakville Soccer Club tournaments and festival games, GHSL, and OPDL. She was a recipient of the OSC Entry Level Referee of the Year Award in 2016 and joined the mentoring team in January 2017.
Nicolas Lopac, Youth Mentor U10/11
Nicolas is a grade 4 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.
Lukas Del Vecchio, Youth Mentor U7-U10
Lukas is a grade 4 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.
Cristina Ciofani, Youth Mentor U7/8
Cristina is an accredited game leader that has officiated since 2018 in the Oakville Soccer Club youth recreational program and festival games. She currently represents OSC on the GU13 OPDL team and has participated in the competitive program since 2013. She aspires to become a professional soccer player similar to her cousin who currently participates in Serie A. Cristina joined the mentoring team in January 2019. She is committed to providing helpful advice to new match officials so they can reach their potential and develop a passion for the game of soccer.