Kevin Grant arrived in Burlington in 1967, emigrating from England, and began his soccer career in Burlington that same year. In 1968 Kevin played for East Hamilton Cougars under coach Harry Newman. Over his career he played for East Hamilton Legion 58, Hamilton Croatia NSL, Hamilton Italo Canadians NSL, and Hamilton Steelers NSL and CPSL. From 1972 through 1981 Kevin also represented Ontario as the captain of the Ontario Provincial Selects.
While playing with Hamilton Croatia, Kevin was called up to the Canadian National team, where he was a regular from 1971 through to 1976. During Kevin’s time with the Canadian National team, he participated in the 1972 World Cup qualifying round, the 1974 Pan-Am games and the 1976 Montreal Olympics Games. In total Kevin amassed 26 caps with the National squad, participating in matches in Europe and Central America.
Kevin earned his CSA Level B coaching license in 1984 and c had the honour of coaching in the National Soccer League, CPSL, CSL and the Inner City League. In 1981 Kevin coached the Ontario U18 boys select team to the National Championship. This was followed by winning the 1986 Canadian amateur senior Championship as coach of the Hamilton Steelers.
Most recently Kevin coached a Canadian team participating in the World Masters Games in Turin, Italy, where he won a silver medal. Kevin has also been inducted into the Burlington Youth Soccer Club Hall of Fame and is the owner of Burlington Soccer Supplies.
Kevin is currently a Head Coach with the Hamilton United OPDL girls program.
Colin Jose (Renowned North American Soccer Historian) described Grant play when observing him in 1972 “as cool under pressure and excellent in the air”
Grant referring to his time at the national level is quoted in 1976 as saying “it’s a fantastic feeling just walking onto the field. The greatest part is when they play the national anthem”
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