(Ottawa, ON) Feb 12, 2019 – Ottawa Gloucester Hornets Soccer is proud to announce Gina Pacheco as the newest member of Technical Director’s team who will lead the Gloucester Hornets along with the highly qualified coaches in our programs. Gina is one of the highest regarded female coaches in the region and has an esteemed player/coach background.
Gina’s athletic abilities led her to compete at the highest level during her playing career. Her passion for the sport and determination for performance allowed her to play against boys at an early age. As a youth player, Gina played for the Ottawa Fury Youth Academy and later on, returned to the W-League program as the youngest player the program has ever seen. While being a member of the Ontario Provincial Team, she was also part of the Olympic Development Program where she was named All-Star in three occasions.
Her stellar youth career made highlights across the border. The University of South Florida recruited Gina to become a member of the women’s soccer program to play NCAA -DI for four years, where she obtained her degree in Health Sciences. Later on, Gina received her BA in Master of Education.
While in her collegiate career, Gina was called to play for Team Canada U-20 to compete at the World Cup qualifiers in Guatemala. From there, Gina was selected to play for Team Canada, earning her first cap in 2011. After her collegiate career, Gina decided to hang her cleats and become a soccer coach.
Gina’s soccer expertise and Provincial B License allowed her to coach at different levels on various institutions. She has gone to coach all ages of the Ottawa Fury Academy, OPDL, OSU, Gloucester, Algonquin College Women’s Soccer Program and she is currently the assistant coach for the Carleton University Women’s program.
“It was a priority for us to add a female Technical Director to aid in mentoring, oversight, develop and provide various pathways to our girls' programs - Gina was an obvious recruit. Gina has an unprecedented CV with her experience both as a player and coach. She has a contagious passion that gets passed on to those she coaches. Her experience is invaluable in relating and motivating her players. We are thrilled to be able to add her value to all our members at Gloucester Hornets”, Jason Da Costa – Lead Technical Director.