Thank you, Andy King
By Vance Abreu, July 12th 2022
North Toronto Nitros would like to announce the departure of Andy King from the club. Andy, current Advanced Development Program Manager, has spent the last four years growing and developing the grassroots program at North Toronto. The bubbly, fun-loving and engaging coach spent his years working with a multitude of age groups, namely the 2007s, 2008s, 2009s, 2010s and 2011s. His dedication and commitment to Nitros programming go beyond his teams. An ever-present presence at League1 Ontario games, House League festivals and club events, Andy embodied the culture and values of North Toronto Nitros.
Whether coaching, mentoring or talking to players and colleagues, Andy impacted the lives of many at the club. Technical Director Billy Wilson eloquently highlights Andy's ever-lasting impact. "It goes without saying that Andy has been integral to the growth and development of the Club over the past four years and has directly played a part in each of the evolution of each of the five streams. In particular, he has transformed the U11-U12 Advanced Development Program. Under Andy's leadership and working alongside Octavian, Rachel, Euan, and now Brandon, the Advanced Development Program has grown into one of the most popular and successful in the Province.
Throughout his time at the Club, his ability to connect with others and enjoy a good laugh while also upholding the highest professional standards has hugely influenced our programs' evolution.
Andy truly cares about the people around him and is fiercely loyal to the players and coaches he works with. He always stands up for what he believes is right and won't shy away from conflict if he believes it can make the environment and those around him better. A quality that is in short supply. Over the years, he has done so much for my growth and development, and I know he will continue to from the West Coast!"
When reflecting on his time here, memories filled his mind. "I think back to my first year with the 2007 boys groups & a trip to a tournament in Rochester, NY. Two of our teams made the final in their respective brackets & both won their final match. The final whistle came at basically the same time & both groups came hurtling towards each other to celebrate. For me, this shows how special the environment is at North Toronto & how our vision of 'As many as possible, for as long as possible, in the best environment possible' can come to life."
"Another special moment for me was the recent trip to Ottawa with our ADP players. It was already special enough because it was the first opportunity for our players, coaches & families to travel since the many restrictions faced over the last few years, but I have to say, one moment stuck out. In the pouring rain, after a huge storm one of our 2011 boys scored himself a hat-trick against OSU. What followed was something I won't forget… he pulled his shirt off in celebration (not easy when your Jersey is soaked through!) & swung it around his head with all of his teammates & the parent group celebrating with him. After such a stop/start few years with the COVID pandemic, this will always be a reminder of what it's all about!"
Moving on from North Toronto Nitros, Andy is set to undergo a new challenge as his family embarks on a new journey to the west coast of Canada. Andy's ever-lasting impact on the club will be forever etched into our Nitros DNA. Executive Director Doug Blair summated the club's feelings perfectly "Andy, I wish you and your family the best on the West Coast. But I will truly miss you, the professionalism with which you address your coaching and management responsibilities, and the leadership you have brought to the very successful Advanced Development Program. You have had a positive, lasting impact on the players and coaches with whom you have worked. For years to come, the Nitros competitive, OPDL and League1 teams will be blessed with outstanding, highly-skilled players who have spent two formative years trained and coached by Andy King."
With a heavy heart, Andy leaves us with these final words; "It's hard to put into words what being a part of this club over the years has meant to me. I've had a few tough days, which we all have over the past few years especially, but walking onto the field with the staff & players has always put a spring back in my step & a smile back on my face. This is way more than just a job to me. It's a passion & a lifestyle that is impossible not to enjoy & it's a community & family that I'm so proud to have been a part of.
To Helena, the board & Doug, thank you for the opportunity to grow with this organization & for your unwavering support throughout. To Billy, you've created an unbelievable environment for the staff & in turn, the players to learn & develop both as coaches/players & as people. My gratitude is immeasurable. To the staff I've worked with over the years, you're hands down the best staff in this country - continue to do yourselves & the club proud! Thank you to the NTSC parents for really supporting what the club are trying to achieve, putting the player first in everything we do!
Lastly & most importantly, to the players, you have taught me much more than I could ever teach you during my time with NT. It's been an absolute blast working with you & I can't wait to see what you will go on to achieve both in soccer & in life. Go Nitros!"
Erin Lennox joins North Toronto Nitros
By Vance Abreu, June 1st 2022
North Toronto Nitros are delighted to announce the hiring of Erin Lennox. Erin joins the club as the new Nitros Development Program Manager.
Erin spent the majority of her coaching career at Richmond Hills Soccer Club. The Canada 'C' licensed coach served as the 2009 and 2011 girls coach from 2017 to 2022 whilst simultaneously being the U4-U12 technical coordinator from 2019 to 2022.
Lennox attended Durham College as a General Arts, Science and Public Relations student, where she played on the varsity women's team. Previously she captained West Rouge Storm to the U18 Ontario Cup and was a part of the Elite Athlete Program at Birchmount Park High School.
Looking forward to her time at North Toronto, Lennox spoke profoundly of her aspirations within the role. "I am looking forward to working with the players at North Toronto and bringing my love, passion and enthusiasm for the game to all those involved.
Nitros Technical Director Billy Wilson encapsulates the club's excitement to bring coach Erin on board. "I am delighted to welcome Erin Lennox to North Toronto Soccer as Manager of our Nitros Development Program. Erin brings a lot of experience and expertise, having most recently led Grassroots Programs at Richmond Hill Soccer Club. Prior to her role with Richmond Hill, Erin coached with Newmarket Soccer Club and has previous experience working in administration and governance at the District level."
"Erin is one of the best Grassroots coaches in the province. She is passionate about the holistic development of children through sport which aligns perfectly with the Clubs values. I am really excited to watch the Nitros Development Program evolve over the next few months as Erin, Aaron, Barbora, and Kevin look to build on the great work done over the years."
Erin begins her on-field coaching the week of June 6. Good luck, Erin!