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Reds get new goalkeeper coach
January 8, 2009, 6:52 PM
Filed under: Announcement, Coaching, Toronto FC

Toronto FC announced that Prescott, Ontario native Michael Toshack has joined the club as Goalkeeper Coach. Toshack, heads back to his native Canada after three seasons in Major League Soccer with the Houston Dynamo. As per team policy terms of the contract were not released.

“We are excited to have him on board,” said manager, director of soccer Mo Johnston. “Mike comes highly recommended; he’s coming here from a winning organization that will greatly benefit us and he knows all about our goalkeeper Greg Sutton. We felt we needed to move Eddie Kehoe over to ProZone fulltime because that requires 100 percent commitment.”

“It will be great having Mike as a part of the team this year,” said Sutton. “I know him well from my days in University and at the pro level. He’s a class act and I look forward to reuniting with a good friend in the pre-season.”

Kehoe served as the team’s goalkeeping coach since its inaugural season in 2007. His new position as ProZone Video Analyst will better assist the club in using the technology to its fullest and increasing the in-depth scouting and trend analysis throughout the season.

Before joining MLS, Toshack was hired as the Director of Goalkeeping at United Soccer League First Division side, the Vancouver Whitecaps in February of 2005. He was responsible for the development and training of all goalkeepers in the club, from youth teams to professional. He served as an assistant coach when Vancouver won the USL First Division championship in 2006. Toshack also spent time with the Montreal Impact, serving as an assistant coach in 2002-2003, where he worked with current Toronto FC goalkeeper, Greg Sutton. In 2003, Sutton was named the A-League goalkeeper of the year.

Toshack worked with one of the top youth clubs and PDL franchises in the country when he served as goalkeeping director for Mass Premier Soccer in Boston. There he was responsible for the development of all goalkeepers for the 28 Super Y-league teams as well as the Cape Cod Crusaders of the PDL.

From 1994 to 2003, Toshack was the assistant coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y and was a part of the team that won the NCAA Division III championship in 1999. During his time in New York, Toshack also kept busy by serving as goalkeeping coach with the Canadian U-20 national team from 1998-2001. That position took him around the world including a stop in Argentina where the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championships took place.

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