Academy Coach Biographies

Alexander Arthur

TAC Soccer Academy Founder

Alexander is one of the founders of TAC Sports and the soccer academy. His life mission is his commitment to create a soccer academy that helps develop children and athletes into confident players and leaders. His passion has always been sports, health and physical activity, and he developed an absolute obsession with soccer and sport development at 13 years of age. Alexander graduated from York University with a B.A in Kinesiology and Sports Psychology. He takes pleasure in designing the best possible programs and systems for TAC Sports. Alexander is a NCCP Learn to Train and Barcelona Coaching certified coach, teaching soccer for over 10 years.  Alexander is fluent in English and Italian, and is adept in both Spanish and French.

 

Adib Razavi

TAC Soccer Academy Founder

Adib is the Director of Operations at TAC Sports. His passion for sports is rooted in his own experience as a developing junior player. He comes with an extensive athletic background as a former student-athlete and as a supervisor of internal and external affairs within intercollegiate athletics for soccer and tennis. He has been a member of the varsity team at York University, earning him the Ontario University Athletics championships with the York Lions in 2011. In addition to his high quality work with various teams, Adib manages a terrific sports program and is excited to apply his knowledge to TAC Sports programs and community-based organizations. He takes pride in working at TAC Sports and in his ability to provide youth with high-quality sports and education programs. Adib is fluent in English and Farsi.

 

Marco Gomes

TAC Soccer Academy Director

Marco has been a soccer coach for 15 years and since his first experience in Leiria, Portugal he never stopped coaching youth soccer teams. The greatest influence on his coaching philosophy came with the experience gathered in the 3 years spent at Sporting Lisbon Academies and another 2 years with AC Milan Soccer Schools. Marco has a Bachelors in Sports Science specialized in Soccer and Fitness Training and a Masters in Physical Education at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Along with experience, qualifications and knowledge in soccer; Marco shows a tremendous passion for coaching children that is noticeable from the first practice.

 

Ian O’Neill

TAC Soccer Academy Director

Ian his a UEFA B Licensed coach, and has experience at all age levels and playing formats from 5 v 5 up to 11 v 11. He coached and worked at the highest level in his home country (Ireland) for many years. He mentored and coached players that were capped for their country as well as some who have signed professional contracts in the UK. Having won many honors in the national Irish leagues, as well as having worked with some of the best managers and most talented squads in the country he has gained invaluable experience and knowledge. He wishes to share equally as much as he wishes to learn from the coaches in Canada to ultimately to benefit every player in our developmental care.

 

Ramon McIntosh

TAC Soccer Academy Coach – Boys U11 & U13

Coach Ramon McIntosh has a passion for life expression through sports; specifically building community through soccer. Ramon possesses extensive playing and coaching experience, loves player and people development and is eager to overcome all challenges together at TAC Sports.

Ramon obtained the CSA National B in 2016  the Provincial B License in 2012 and Goalkeeping Diploma back in 2011. Currently pursuing the CSA National A and UEFA B License.

Ramon played Varsity Soccer for Roberts Wesleyan College from 2005- 2006 and for York University from 2007-2008, taking Business Management.  Some notable playing experience include the Thunder Bay Chill, PDL Heartland Division Champions in 2007. With York University, Men’s Provincial Champions & the National Championships #1 Rank team 2007-2008. Also Serving on the Goalkeeper Coaching Staff York University Men’s National Champions of 2009-2010.

While working with the Toronto Soccer Association  from 2006-2011 and the Ontario Soccer Association  from  2011-2013; Ramon worked first hand with players of all abilities ages u10-u18. Obtaining invaluable experience working with Rep, District, Regional and Provincial Teams, Players, Coaches and Managers. 2012 and 2013 were highlighted by an undefeated Provincial “Season”, including a 5 game road trip to Barcelona, Spain in 2012. In 2013 the Staff and OSA Provincial teams achieved 4 Gold Medals at the National Championships with U15 and  U16 Boys and Girls respectively.

Between 2012 and 2016 Ramon served as an Assistant and Goal keeper coach for the Women’s Varsity Soccer team at UOIT. The program reached the playoffs each year and the OUA West Semi-Finals in Season 2. Appearing in 2 National Championships winning Provincial Bronze and Gold medals while claiming Bronze at the CIS National Championships.

Over the past few years Ramon has worked as a Head Coach at Durham College, as Head Coach of Player and Coach Development for Richmond Hill Soccer Club while obtaining coaching experience in League One Ontario working with SanJaxx Soccer.

Ramon looks forward to working with TAC Sports each family and the community to develop the best players, people and highest professional standard possible. Recognizing we all must start somewhere to achieve our goal.

 

Daniela Barillari

TAC Soccer Academy Coach – Girls Pre Academy

To be updated

 

Akibul Hoque

TAC Soccer Academy Coach

Coach Akibul started playing soccer at the age of four with East York Soccer club. He later switched to the North Toronto Nitros Soccer club where he eventually graduated to play for their  League 1 Semi-Professional team. Coach Akibul currently plays on the University at Ryerson’s Varsity team.

 

Liam Engel

Goalkeeper Coach

Liam Engel is the goalkeeper coach for the TAC Academy. Liam started playing soccer at 5 years old and is currently playing for Sporting CP. Coach Liam has 10 years of goalkeeper experience and has been trained by many excellent goalkeeper coaches including 2 Canadian national team keepers, and even more former professional keepers.

 

Andrew Palazzotto

U11 & U13 Head Coach

Andrew comes as a celebrated player and coach with a tremendous resume of experiences and accomplishments on and off the field. Starting from his childhood club, Brampton East Soccer Club Andrew worked hard and made a way for himself to play professional soccer as a Goal Keeper in Europe. Having spent many years in Portugal with teams such as Vista Alegre, Sport Club De Beira-Mar, Desportivo Da Gafanha & Grupo Sao Rogues. Andrew’s experience only serves his skillsets, competencies and ambition to be an effective youth development coach.

As well as being a student of ‘Sports Management’ at Humber College Andrew continues to invest in his Soccer
coaching qualifications here with the Canada Soccer Association. We have been very happy with Andrew’s ability to
analyze the players, identify their needs and deliver age and ability appropriate coaching to the youth players of the
TAC Soccer Academy. Our bright young coach embodies the values and qualities we seek in all our staff; integrity,
competency as a coach, care for youth players and children & how they need support from adults, Andrew
demonstrates positive character qualities to accept challenges and brings a smile to the faces of all players under his
care. We look forward to the season ahead with Andrew.

 

Ricardo Gil

U11 & U13 Coach
Our new youth development coach Ricardo Gil, joins our team as a promising, young and qualified coach. Ricardo’s resume is that of a talented and promising young star. Starting out with Richmond Hill Raiders and Aurora FC, Ricardo transitioned up to play for Sanjaxx in League 1. At the age of 15, Ricardo was spotted by scouts from the former English Premier League winning side Blackburn Rovers FC. Still, at age 15, Ricardo left Canada to go on trial at Blackburn Rovers FC.
In just a few short weeks Ricardo impressed Academy staff so much he played games against other Premier League Academies in competitive games. Sadly, Ricardo sustained a horrific injury in a competitive game which cut his journey short. Ricardo returned home to receive medical treatment and then begin rehabilitation for a serious injury. In our first conversation with Ricardo, we spoke about football, youth development and what challenges young players are faced within Canada. We were taken back by what valuable information and insight Ricardo could share.
Ricardo shows tremendous value and quality to his coaching and engagement with players. His empathy to connect with a player, identify a player’s next steps and coach is a stand out quality. His own experience moving away so young, taking a huge risk and suffering a big setback has developed a young man of character. Ricardo is a young and ambitious coach, still, a University student investing in his Soccer Coaching licenses he possesses so many traits and qualities we aim for our players to develop at the TAC Soccer Academy. We look forward to the journey ahead with Ricardo and we hope you all get to know him well.