(Ottawa, ON) May 30, 2017 – Ottawa Gloucester Hornets Soccer (OGSC Hornets) is proud to announce two coaches completing their Provincial C License. Pat Lacasse and Michael-Christopher Ilunga recently became “Certified” under the Provincial C-License following completion of in classroom training, passing of written testing (on the theory of the game and Laws of the Game) and an on-field assessment following six months of being “in-training”.
The Provincial C-License is for coaches who would like to continue with their coaching education at a higher level through the Licensing Stream. It is open entry to those 16 years of age or older and are serious about coaching. The coaches typically accepted into the course are working with Tier 1 and Tier 2 players.
Pat Lacasse first coached with the Hornets from 1988-93, working with the 1977 girls' team from U11 to U16. Following a long hiatus, and eleven years working with the Dragons, he rejoined the club in 2014. Today Lacasse is currently coaching the BU12 OPDP group and has been coaching soccer at Colonel By S.S. since 1987 where he is a teacher.
Michael-Christopher Ilunga grew up playing overseas as a defender for Shelbourne F.C, Celbridge Town AFC, and Cherry Orchard as a youth while competing at an elite level in the Dublin District Schoolboys League (DDSL) Premier. Following his youth days Ilunga played University soccer with London South Bank. Today he coaches the U17 Boys Sting while working through a BA Hons Degree with Specialization in Social Communications.
Lacasse and Ilunga join several other licensed coaches within the OGSC Hornets including Dave Holl (Provincial B Certified and National B Trained), Ali Arshibeklash (Provincial B Trained), Fredy Castro (Provincial B Trained) and Jason Da Costa (Provincial B Trained B). They are working with new Technical Director Joel Moody (UEFA B License) to develop the club’s players and implement a new technical direction.
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Bryan R. Merrett
About Ottawa Gloucester Hornets Soccer
As a volunteer based, incorporated not-for-profit, Ottawa Gloucester Hornets Soccer in operation since the 1970s the club has evolved over time into over 700 players competing at multiple levels within the Ontario Soccer Association. Operating out of the Hornets Nest located at 1660 Bearbrook Road, offering 11 grass pitches, a covered artificial pitch managed by partner TMSI and the Eric Danis Clubhouse, the Club engages players aged U9 to Senior Competitive teams. With the vision of developing a vibrant soccer community using the principles of Long-term Player Development, Ottawa Gloucester Hornets Soccer provide opportunities for players and coaches in an integrated community by creating a gathering place for collaboration and enjoyment.