Soccer Academy Director
Nemanja’s love of sports began as a soccer player in Canada at the age of 4 and he has played at the recreational, competitive, and provincial levels. His professional coaching career was inspired by a book by Jonathan Wilson titled “Inverting the Pyramind” in which a story was related of an Uruguayan man who saw the national team lose in the world cup and vowed to win it for the nation. He is currently licensed to coach in Ontario, possessing the Active Start, Learn to Train, and Soccer for Life community licensing courses. Nemanja is also pursuing FIFA approved coaching courses in the United States, holding the USSF National ‘D’ License.
Head Coach - U8-U13
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.
Head Coach, u10
Coach Mattia sees soccer as a school of life, where players have fun, develop their skills, make friends, and learn values such as honesty, integrity, respect, discipline, and work ethics. After playing competitive soccer in Italy for several years, Mattia has had the opportunity to cultivate his passion for sports as a coach in Toronto. Coach Mattia is qualified to coach children and teenagers within the Ontario Soccer Association possessing the Learn to Train (U9 to U12) and Soccer For Life (U13+) NCCP certifications. Mattia is currently the head soccer coach for the TAC Academy U10 Boys Team, where he help players develop technically, tactically, physically, psychologically and emotionally. His role is to assess, design, implement and evaluate individual and team skills based on their age and required competences, and implement motivational strategies in order to see them perform at their full potential.
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.
Director of Programming - 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.
Director of Operations - Founder
Adib is the Director of Operations at Toronto Athletic Camps (TAC). 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.
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.