The Ontario Soccer Association is very pleased to announce two internal appointments that will be pivotal in providing leadership around the ongoing phased implementation of Long-Term Player Development.
Bobby Lennox joins the team as the Manager of Grassroots Development while Joel MacDonald takes on the position of Manager of League Development.
Bobby Lennox, previously Technical Director at York Region Soccer Association (YRSA), has been a key contributor with the OSA as a Master Learning Facilitator and Coaching Course Instructor for many years and is very well respected in soccer circles within Canada. The YRSA is one of the OSA’s leading Districts in the implementation of small-sided games and also Coach Education in the younger development stages under Bobby’s technical leadership.
As Manager of Grassroots Development, Bobby will provide leadership and support to Districts, as well as Recreational and Competitive Clubs at the vital Physical Literacy stages from U4 Active Start to the U12 Learning to Train level. In this position he will also work with key stakeholders such as Boards of Education and Municipalities in implementing LTPD.
Joel MacDonald is returning to Ontario from British Columbia where he was Technical Director for the Prince George Youth Soccer Association. Joel was also previously Club Technical Director at the former Kanata Soccer Club in the Ottawa area. He has a very strong background in LTPD and Coach Education and has taken a lead role with regard to introducing positive changes to competition formats in his previous position.
In his role as League Development Manager, Joel will oversee changes to the OSA Soccer for Life (U13 up) youth and senior competitive structures to ensure alignment with the CSA vision of LTPD. Joel will also be instrumental in the planning, implementation and delivery of the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL).
Both Bobby and Joel bring a wealth of experience, outstanding qualifications and a proven track record of success at Club, District and Provincial levels.
Bobby and Joel will both take up their new positions with OSA by the end of March.
Chief Technical Officer