Nov. 10, 2015 – Steve Vagnini of the St. Clair Saints has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year.
He received the award this evening at the 2015 CCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship banquet, hosted by Fleming College in Peterborough, ON.
Vagnini led the Saints to a 9-1 record and second-place finish in the OCAA’s West Division. St. Clair more than doubled its win total from 2014 (4-2-2).
“He has done a tremendous job this year as coach of the Saints," said Marlene Ford, CCAA Women's Soccer Convenor. “His team has improved in every aspect on the field and they are always tough competitors.”
Vagnini is also the head coach of St. Clair’s Women’s Indoor team that captured the OCAA Championships last winter. In addition, he is the club head coach for the Eastside Kickers Soccer Club and he was recently the head coach for the Windsor Stars Men’s Program, which participated in the Canadian Soccer League and the newly formed League 1 Ontario.
He helps players develop as a team while understanding their roles and responsibilities as individuals. Vagnini’s players have committed to the team’s playing style and understand their roles and objectives both offensively and defensively.
CCAA Coach of the Year winners receive a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the Official Ring Supplier of the CCAA Championship Awards Banquet.
|Craig Smith||Franco Imbrogno||Krzysztof Kmiecik||Kris McKinnon|
|Quest Kermodes||Concordia Thunder||Saint-Lambert Cavaliers||Holland Hurricanes|
|Smith led the Quest Kermodes to a six-point improvement in 2015, despite having graduated 10 players. Smith has an open-door policy and makes himself available to mentor his players and develop their life skills outside of soccer. He worked under National Team coach John Herdman in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. Smith also coaches with Quest Soccer Academy and Mountain FC.||Imbrogno guided the Concordia Thunder to a 7-2-1 record and second-place finish in the ACAC’s North Division. Four members of the Thunder finished among the Top 16 scorers in the conference. Imbrogno has been involved with Alberta Soccer since 2007 and is also the club and academy coach at the Victoria Soccer Club in Edmonton.||Kmiecik guided the Saint-Lambert Cavaliers to a 7-2-1 record and third-place finish in the RSEQ. Saint-Lambert had a 4-6 record in 2014. Kmiecik uses soccer as a tool to teach important values that can be applied in everyday life. He is currently developing after-school soccer programs in Montreal-area elementary schools. Kmiecik also organizes soccer clinics at Concordia University.||McKinnon led the Holland Hurricanes to a 10-1-1 record and first-place finish in the ACAA. Holland improved by 10 points this season. McKinnon is relentless in his pursuit of student-athlete success in athletics and academics. His team is also devoted to many volunteer efforts for charities, community and school. McKinnon coaches provincial teams in the summer months and is a member of the Canada Games Coaching staff.|
The CCAA is a national sport organization enriching the academic experiences of student-athletes through intercollegiate sport.