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Electric City unveils Michael Marcoccia as inaugural head coach for Men's & Women's programs

By League1 Ontario, 11/25/21, 1:00PM EST

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Electric City President Rob Jenkins with Men's and Women's division head coach Michael Marcoccia.

Electric City President Rob Jenkins with Men's and Women's division head coach Michael Marcoccia.

Peterborough, Ontario (November 25, 2021) - Electric City Football Club (ECFC) has confirmed the signing of the club’s inaugural Head Coach & Technical Director and in doing so have again signaled their intentions to the Canadian Soccer community. The club has confirmed they have agreed to terms with Michael Marcoccia, arguably the most successful League1 Ontario Head Coach since the League was founded in 2014 and who has aspirations of coaching at the highest level in Canada and beyond.    

“We have been searching for the right Head Coach for this project for over a year and conducted countless interviews with individuals from across North America,” Electric City FC President Rob Jenkins explained. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have been able to land such a great coaching talent to lead our project. Michael brings with him a tradition of excellence in League1 Ontario on both the Men’s and Women’s side and has the ambition and ability to take this project to the next level.  We feel very fortunate to have him in Peterborough.”

Marcoccia, a native of London, Ontario, was Head Coach and Technical Director at FC London for the past 6 years where he coached both the Women’s (since 2016) and Men’s (Since 2018) League1 Ontario Teams.  During this time, he has amassed an amazing record of 100 wins, 14 draws, against only 28 losses.  He has also won more League1 titles than any other coach including three League1 Ontario Championships, five League1 Ontario Regular Season Titles, and one League1 Ontario Cup. In addition to team success, Marcoccia has also earned numerous personal accolades including being named League1 Ontario Coach of the Year 3 times.

“The first thing that drew me to Peterborough and Electric City FC was the project itself,” Marcoccia shared, “The more I learned from talking to Rob, the more I realized that this project was much bigger than I originally thought and something that I wanted to be a part of at this stage in my career.”

Electric City FC will be launching a Men’s and Women’s side in League1 Ontario in 2022 and Marcoccia will lead both squads in their inaugural season, with ambitions to rise to the top of the sport in Canada including the Canadian Premier League in the future.

“All I’ve heard so far is how great the community support is here in Peterborough,” Marcoccia continued. “One of the things I’m most looking forward to is diving into the community, getting to know the people, and experiencing the passion.” 

While coaching at FC London, Marcoccia also captured three OCAA Provincial titles and one CCAA National Bronze with the Fanshawe College Falcons Women’s Team. In 2019, he took the side to become #1 ranked team in Canada, for the first time in program history. Marcoccia has also been selected to coach the League1 Ontario All-Stars on 3 separate occasions.

Prior to coaching, the Italian-Canadian spent time with multiple clubs in Italy's Serie C2, Serie D, Eccellenza, and in France's Championnat National. Marcoccia also played locally for London City Soccer Club and FC London where he would retire to begin his coaching career.

When asked what style he likes to play, Marcoccia responded, “With our ambitions set high, it is going to take the whole community getting behind us and in response to that support I think it’s important for this team to be a reflection of this community. Fans can expect to see a team on the pitch that is hardworking, passionate and dedicated to working together.”

The Italian-Canadian is regarded by many as the next up-and-coming coach in Canada, being touted by the Canadian Premier League’s Marty Thompson as one to watch out for a Canadian Premier League coaching spot in the future. 

“The next steps are to build our team and we are looking for players who have the same ambition to go professional as we do,” Marcoccia concluded. “This is an excellent opportunity for individuals to start in League1 Ontario and work their way with the club to the next level.”

Open Tryouts for Electric City FC are being held on December 1 for both the Men’s and Women’s teams indoors at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, registration is limited and now open at electriccityfc.com/tryouts.