JOHN DI PASQUALE – PLAYER
John DiPasquale was born in Port Colborne, Ontario where he played youth soccer with the Sir John Colborne soccer club until the age of sixteen on a team coached by his father, Lino. At the age of 16, he captained the U16 team Ontario program to a National Championship. At 17, he was drafted by the Toronto Blizzard Reserves of the NASL. John also played for the Saltfleet Go Ahead team under Fred Pretto and won the Columbia Day International Classic, VB. He captained the U18 Team Ontario squad to a second National title in 1983 and also captained the U19 Youth National soccer team. This team finished with a silver in World Cup qualifications to Mexico and participated in the Youth World Cup in Minsk, Russia in 1985. Overall, John earned 21 youth caps followed by 6 ‘B’ caps on Pan American and Olympic qualifier teams. John was named the player representative for the Canadian Olympic Association.
In 1984, John enrolled at McMaster University where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. He played for the Marauders for three years in the OUAA, who were finalists to the U of T national champions. During his time at McMaster, John played for the 1986 Hamilton Steelers, who won both the Ontario Cup, as well as the Air Canada Challenge cup. John was protected by the Hamilton Steelers where he played in the CSL professionally over the next three seasons, anchoring the best defense in the league. John was the Director of the Steeler Summer Camp program targeting elementary schools throughout the greater Hamilton area. After graduating with honours from McMaster, John earned a Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University. Following his professional soccer career, John played in the Hamilton & District mens’ league for Hamilton Slovenia, Saltfleet, and Hamilton Proto.
John’s coaching career began in 1989 while he was teaching at Cardinal Newman High School, guiding the Junior boys’ program to a city title. At Lakeshore Catholic, he successfully coached teams to 8 consecutive regional titles, 5 bronze medals and 3 gold medals at OFSAA. John was the assistant coach at Niagara University in the NCAA from 2001 to 2003, coached the Hamilton Thunder of the CPSL, and along with Frank Riga, helped build a women’s program at Saltfleet that would be a Provincial force in the OWSL for many years. John has coached youth soccer at all levels, including Saltfleet, Grimsby, and most recently with the Niagara Regional Soccer Program. Throughout this time, John has also successfully coached youth club and varsity basketball.
John continues to be a great soccer mentor and coach as he gives back to the beautiful game.