Brendan O’Connell – Sporting 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.
Since 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 soccer 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 License, The FA Youth Award (Modules 1-3).
Brendan’s experience as an ex-professional and his current university coaching position will help guide Calgary Blizzard to develop their game and expand their playing opportunities utilizing his contacts within Europe and the university system in North America.
Craig Angus – Boys Technical Director and Foundation Phase Director
Craig is our Foundation Phase Director and is responsible for overseeing the development of the U4-U8 Roots Phase programming and our U9-U12 Core Phase programming. Craig comes to Calgary Blizzard from Vancouver Whitecaps FC where he spent five years with the MLS Club. Prior to Whitecaps, Craig was Lead Development Coach with the New York Red Bulls Regional Development Schools between 2007-2012.
Craig is highly qualified with many credentials to his name including his UEFA A License, UEFA B License, The FA Youth Award (Modules 1-3) and USSF National Youth License.
Diogo Raposo – Girls Technical Director
Diogo Raposo joined Calgary Blizzard Soccer in the Fall of 2016 after his move to Calgary from Edmonton, where he had just won the Canada Soccer U18 Nationals with his former club. Since being with Calgary Blizzard, Diogo has served as the club’s Goalkeeper Coach, Academy Coach, Head of Soccer Operations and Girls Technical Director.
Diogo currently holds his Canada Soccer National B License, United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) National Diploma and Goalkeeper Diploma. He is an assistant coach for the University of Calgary Women’s Soccer, Academy Coach at Edge School and Coach for the Whitecaps Alberta South REX.
Jordan Santiago – Goalkeeper Academy Coach
Jordan went through the ranks of Calgary Youth Soccer, with Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club, and then played up to the Canadian U20 team.When he was 15 years old, Jordan received his first opportunity to play professionally with Reading FC in England. Jordan was offered a 2-year apprenticeship with Cardiff City FC in December of 2007 and went on to play for SC Veendam in the Netherlands as a goalkeeper.
He retired as a player and moved into a coaching role when he was approached by West Ham United in the English Premier League for the 2013-2014 season. Jordan is the current Cavalry FC Goalkeeper coach here in Calgary!
Jordan Santiago will be supported by current Cavalry FC goalkeepers, Marco Carducci & Niko Giantsopoulos as well as current University of Calgary Dinos WSOC Goalkeeper and Calgary Blizzard Alumna, Lauren Houghton.
Nick Koev –Academy 67 Coach
Having founded Nicks Academy in 1998, Koev is best known for his precision training and development through tactical applications. Koev played professional soccer for five years before holding several high-profile coaching positions in Bulgaria and Germany.
Koev’s players have gone on to play for the Canadian National Team, youth leagues in Portugal and Italy, as well as professional clubs across Europe.
Having Nick join our Academy creates an incredible opportunity for our athletes to have access to his precision coaching style through our Academy 67 Program.
Catherine (Cat) Fox – Foundation Stream Manager & Coach
We are elated to announce the hiring of our new Foundation Stream Manager, Catherine (Cat) Fox of Leicester City!
Having worked with and played for Leicester City Women FC, Leicester City Girls Centre of Excellence and England National Youth Squad Camps, Cat will bring experience and knowledge to both our Foundations and Girls programming.
- Northwind Soccer Club (Chicago) – Club coach then progressed to role of Director of Coaching (March 2010 – Jun 2017)
- Chicago Fire Juniors – Girls Director of Coaching (July 2018 – November 2018)
- Leicester City Football Club – Academy Coach and Player Scout (Feb 2018 – July 2018)
- UK: UEFA B Candidate
- F.A. Level 2 in Football Coaching,
- FA Level 2 in Futsal Coaching,
- F.A. Level 2 in Talent Identification,
- F.A. National Women’s High-Performance Centre Coach Mentor Programme
- USA: United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma
- USSF National D license in Soccer Coaching