Technical Team

Brendan O’Connell – Boys’ Technical Director

Brendan is a former English professional footballer who made 451 game appearances and scored 79 goals in the Football League as a midfielder for a number of clubs including Exeter City, Burnley and Barnsley.  After suffering a career-ending injury, Brendan retired from the game he loved but went on to coach Wigan Athletic’s youth and reserve teams.

After moving to Calgary, Brendan has been very involved in the Calgary soccer community. He is the current Head Coach of the University of Calgary men’s team, as well, he has held coaching roles with both the Villains and Foothills Soccer Clubs. Brendan has also been a lead boy’s coach with the Alberta Soccer Association’s Regional Performance Centre. Brendan has his UEFA A Coaching Diploma.

Brendan’s experience as an ex-professional and his current university coaching position will help guide the Blizzard boys to develop their game and expand their playing opportunities through Brendan’s extensive network of contacts within Europe and the university system in North America.

Glenn Ramsay – Girls’ Technical Director


Glenn has been a long-standing figure within the Blizzard Soccer Club, and will continue to put his stamp on the Club’s successful girls’ program.  Since Glenn joined the Club in 1990, he has coached 36 girls that have gone on to gain university scholarships in NCAA, CIS and NAIA.  Glenn has coached 27 teams who have represented Blizzard at Provincials, winning 13 Calgary Championships, six Alberta titles and taking those Alberta champions on to compete at Nationals.

Glenn has his International FA License and Advanced US National Diploma and has also been heavily involved in coaching teams for Alberta Soccer.

Andrew Fleming – Grassroots Manager


Andy is our Grassroots Manager where he is responsible for overseeing the development of the U4-U8 House League programs as well as managing the development of the current U6-U8 CMSA programming.  Over the past ten years Andy has held several coaching roles throughout the city.  In 2014, while piloting the Bearspaw FC program, Andy was awarded Alberta Soccer’s inaugural Physical Literacy Coach of the year, given to an outstanding Grassroots coach.

Andy was born in Liverpool, England, but has been a Calgary resident since 1989. His Calgary soccer pathway took him from Silver Springs Soccer to Blizzard and eventually to the men’s programs at Villains. He also graduated from the University of Calgary with degrees in History and Economics prior to starting his coaching career.

Diogo Raposo – Goalie Coach

Diogo Raposo is the Head Keeper Coach for both the Blizzard Elite and Development programs.  Diogo is currently the Canadian Soccer Association REX Keeper coach for Calgary as well as the Whitecaps Academy Southern Alberta Keeper coach.   Blizzard is pleased to offer this training program to registered Blizzard players at no charge, as we value your dedication to our Club and your commitment to developing your skill.

Diogo has his ASA Provincial B license, NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA GK Diploma.