2020 ACADEMY STAFF

Technical Directors

Joao Aragao

U8-U13 Grassroots Technical Director

North York Academy is happy to introduce our new U8 - U13 technical director, 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 OPorto and also holds his UEFA B coaching license.

Bryan Cerqueira

U14 - U21 Competitive Technical Director

Bryan Cerqueira is the North York Academy U14 - U21 Technical Director. Mr. Cerqueira has 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 is currently completing his UEFA B coaching license.

Technical Staff

Christos Blanas

Grassroots Head Coach

Under Construction

Frank Damiano

Competitive Head Coach

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

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

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.

Goalkeeper Staff

Denys Rylskyi

U13 - U21 Goalkeeper Coach

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

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.
His achievements include:
Best goalkeeper of Kyrgyzstan - 2008
The best goalkeeper of  Kyrgyzstan - 2009
League 1 champion
3 National Cups
2 Super Cup 

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