2021 ACADEMY STAFF

Joao Aragao

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North York Academy is happy to introduce our new caoch Joao de Aragao. Mr. De Aragao has over fifteen (15) years of international coaching experience, having coached throughout Portugal for internationally renowned clubs FC Porto and SC Braga. He holds a number of degrees, licenses and certificates specific to coaching soccer. Most notably, Mr. De Aragao holds a Master’s degree in Sport and Physical Education (Soccer Specialization) from the University of Porto and also holds his UEFA B coaching license.

Bryan Cerqueira

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Bryan Cerqueira 10 years of coaching experience, from recreational programs to competitive teams. He has also attended internships at FC Porto (2) and SC Braga (1).   Bryan currently holds a Scottish FA C license and UEFA B coaching license.

Jalen Simms

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Jalen Simms comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience and we look forward to her taking over the U12 girls head coach position. Currently Jalen has her full Canadian C license and is aiming to get involved in the Canadian B license very soon. As a player Jalen was part of the team Ontario provincial programs, a member of the U17 Jamaican Women’s National team and played for Ryerson University throughout 3 seasons. She then went on to be an assistant coach of the Ryerson University women’s soccer team.

Christos Blanas

Grassroots Head Coach

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Frank Damiano

Competitive Head Coach

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Frank Damiano has been part of the North York Academy technical staff since Fall 2019.  He comes with a wealth of soccer experience both playing and coaching. Mr. Damiano acheived several courses such as Learn to Train, Respect in Soccer, Concussion Awareness, Laws of the game and Canadian C License. Frank's expertise will undoubtedly  elevate the quality of training. As a youth player he played at the highest levels locally for the provincial team and Toronto FC Academy and abroad in Italy for Trento Calcio and Portogruaro Calcio. 

Jamie Dunne

Grassroots Head Coach

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Jamie arrived to Canada in Spring 2019 from  Ireland where he started playing soccer at the age of 4. His coaching experience includes Drogheda Boys FC and  the Irish Defence Forces soccer team. Moving to Canada has given him a different perspective on coaching by learning new techniques and adding to his passion for the sport. Jamie has worked with North York Academy since Summer 2019. 

David Lowney

Grassroots Head Coach

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David arrived to Canada in Fall 2015 from  Ireland. He has been a member of the NYA technical staff since fall 2019. Upon arrival to Canada David joined the Toronto Harps men's team. Although far from home, he has found a link to his roots through playing and coaching soccer in Canada.

Jessica De Sousa

Grassroots Head Coach

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Jessica has a wide range of coaching experience from community and volunteer work  at elementary schools and the Girl’s soccer team in 2013 at Loretto College, to coaching at Sporting FC Toronto from  2017 to 2019. Her time at Sporting FC included attending international tournaments with the club. Jessica was also the soccer camp coordinator at the First Portuguese Canadian Culture Centre where she played a key role in developing the Bullying Eradication Soccer Tournament. Jessica has successfully completed many soccer courses such as Fundamentals, Learn to Train, Soccer for Life, Respect in Soccer, Concussion Awareness, Making Ethical Designs, Coach Initiation in Sport, Level 1 Sporting Clube de Portugal -EAS Basic, Canada’s C Licence and Small Sided Ref course. 


Jessica's commitment to coach education combined with her own playing experience has made her passion grow stronger for the game whether it’s playing on the field or coaching on the sideline.

Goalkeeper Staff

Denys Rylskyi

U13 - U21 Goalkeeper Coach

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Denys Rylskyi joined North York Academy in Fall 2019. Mr. Rylskyi  has over 6 years of playing professional football in Ukraine. Mr. Rylskyi holds the Ontario Soccer Goalkeeper Coach Diploma. 

Maxim Agapov

U8 - U12 Goalkeeper Coach

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Maxim has been with North York Academy since Fall 2019. As a youth player in Kyrgyz Republic, Max completed all the stages of player development. He began competing from U13 on the National team and continued at all levels of youth national teams including and up to U19, which was the first team in the history of Kyrgyz Republic to represent the country at the Asian Cup final stage. After that Max signed a   professional contract. He continued to play for the national team until the age of 28 when he moved to Canada and began to play in League One.