Coach Castrechino enters his 16th season as the head coach of the men’s soccer program. Throughout his tenure, he has produced 45 OUA All-Stars, three All-Canadians and took home the 2009 OUA East Coach of the Year award.
One of the most prolific goal scorers that Sudbury Minor Soccer has ever produced, Carlo Castrechino continued his development through his teenage years. By the age of just 15, the Sudbury native would be named Rookie of the Year in the Men’s Premier League, also walking away with the leading scorer honours.
Castrechino would move on to play at Laurentian University, suiting up with a Voyageurs team that captured the OUA championship in two of his three years of varsity soccer. Unfortunately, a torn ACL would cut short his post-secondary playing days, although it did allow for his transition into coaching.
Working alongside legendary L.U. coach Greg Zorbas, Castrechino learned a great deal. “Greg was an amazing coach and close friend. I played for him and coached alongside him. I could not have asked for a better mentor.”
In 1999, Castrechino was handed the reigns to a program that had enjoyed considerable success over the years, a challenge, to be sure, for the personable coach. “As coaches, our job is to recruit players and put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team.” Just a year into his tenure, Castrechino and the Voyageurs had a remarkable season, taking home an OUA silver medal at the 2000 championships.
Castrechino is excited about the upcoming season which will hopefully end with another OUA Championship.