Marc Dos Santos will lead Ottawa Fury FC into the 2014 North American Soccer League season as the first head coach in team history.
Dos Santos returns to the NASL where he was one of the original eight coaches in 2011 with the Montreal Impact.
The new Fury FC coach, who led the Impact to the United Soccer Leagues (USL) title in his first year at the helm in 2009, was introduced to eager Ottawa soccer fans via a video conference call from Sao Paolo, Brazil, where he is currently coaching with Desportivo. He is scheduled to join the club on July 1.
“I’m very proud and honoured to lead Ottawa Fury FC in its first NASL season,” said the 36-year-old, who was born in Montreal. “I hope this is only the beginning of a great story of success. The city will embrace this team, I’m sure!”
Dos Santos joins Fury FC after spending the last two years coaching in Brazil. After leading the Under-20 team of FC Primeira Camisa in the 2012 Copa Sao Paolo, Dos Santos was invited to join SE Palmeiras, one of the most successful clubs in Brazilian football, where he coached the U15 team to their first ever Brazilian Championship (2012).
"We are thrilled to have Marc joining our club as our first head coach," said Fury FC President, John Pugh. "He has experienced tremendous success wherever he has coached, in particular with the Impact and most recently in Brazil. He is widely respected for his coaching abilities, possesses all the qualities we were looking for in a head coach and shares our holistic club philosophy".
In five years with the Impact, Dos Santos led the Impact Reserves (Trois-Rivière Attak) to the Open Canada Cup Championship in 2007 and the Canadian Soccer League regular season championship in 2008. Appointed as Assistant Coach to John Limniatis in 2008, he helped the Impact win the Nutrilite (now Amway) Canadian Championship and reach the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. In 2010, the Impact reached the semifinals in USSF Division 2.
The Canadian-bornholds a UEFA ‘A’ License and has had internships in Brazil with Luiz Felipe Scolari at SE Palmeiras, in England with Chelsea FC and at Portuguese clubs FC Porto, Boavista FC and SC Beira Mar.
Dos Santos also holds a Portuguese citizenship and is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
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