Carmen Dalia was born in Italy and grew up in Hamilton where he attended Cathedral Boys High School and McMaster University. He had an enjoyable 34 years of teaching mathematics and coaching a variety of sports. His soccer coaching began at Cardinal Newman in 1979 with the senior Girls soccer team and 1983 he was co-coach of the senior Boys soccer team. During his tenure as coach, the boys won three OFSAA gold medals and a silver medal. In 1986, a highlight for his team and himself was organizing a sports event in Italy giving his senior Boys team the opportunity to compete with Soccer Club teams in Pisa and Rome. In 1991 he began coaching the junior Boys soccer at Bishop Ryan. At BR he also coached the very successful boys wrestling team as well as being instrumental in starting up the girls wrestling program. His passion for soccer lead him back to coaching both the junior and senior Boys teams. The last four years were dedicated to the senior boys which resulted in winning two consecutive OFSAA silver medals.
Carmen takes great pride in promoting and organizing soccer events. He convened four OFSAA tournaments and during his retirement has co-convened many Hamilton Spectator Cups. For a twelve year period he was a member of the Sports Advisory Committee for OFSAA. In 2003 he was the recipient of the OFSAA Leadership in School Sports Award.
Carmen’s greatest satisfaction is seeing his past players still active in soccer and being successful coaches at the high school level, at the university level and in the community.