MOUNT HAMILTON – CLUB OF DISTINCTION
Mount Hamilton was founded in 1964 when Cliff Marshall was appointed the manager of Linden Park Soccer Club and his two teams were officially recognized by the Hamilton and District Youth Soccer Association (HDYSA).
The club grew to 3 teams in 1965, and for the first time, nets, uniforms, proper balls, and coaching became available to the players. The club soon grew by leaps and bounds and by 1968 the registration, costing $3.00, was over 200 boys in a viable house league and several select teams that won their division in the H&D League. After the 1968 season Linden Park Soccer Club, Legion 163, and Appolos united to become the Mount Hamilton Soccer Club (MHSC), with a registration of 600 boys, and Cliff Marshall became president.
In 1972 Mount Hamilton Soccer Club formed a partnership with Palatine Celtic Soccer Club of Chicago that lasted 23 years, with the respective clubs taking turns hosting it. In 1974, boys from Ancaster were permitted to play with the club and girls were also welcomed to the club for the first time.
In 1980 Mount Hamilton’s registration, ranging in ages from 5-18, was 850 players, with 75 being girls. The club was incorporated in 1982 with the original logo and club colours of blue and yellow, and the word “YOUTH” added to the name. Cliff Marshall served as president from 1964-1977. Presidents to follow Cliff Marshall were Mary Morris, Ray Maxwell, Charlie Paul, Tony Reid, Rick Maikins, John DeSantis, John DiDonato, Anthony Odoardi and MHYSC’s current President, Tony DeLuca. There are currently 15 board members that oversee the activities of the club.
The president holding the longest office, 1992-2007, was John DeSantis. During his tenure, John worked with the city to have all baseball fields at Macassa Park and Hill Park converted to soccer and the use of the city building at Macassa Park as the MHYSC office. John was also instrumental in introducing an updated logo for the club.
The Cliff Marshall tournament, in honour of its founder, was introduced in 2002. In 2007 MHYSC was the first local club to hire a club head coach. A full time Administrative Manager and Office Administrator were also hired. The club now has 4 full time staff, 2 administrators, a technical director and staff coach and a registration of over 2500 players. In 2012 MHYSC partnered with Toronto FC to run an academy for elite players. The club now runs its own academy for players, ages U7-U12 and 1,600 recreational players.
In 2014 Mount Hamilton, along with partner clubs, was instrumental in forming the Hamilton United partnership project. This consists of players from Hamilton playing together at provincial and regional level, thus facilitating local access to provincial level training and competition. Now players don’t have to leave the area until they are selected for provincial or professional academy participation.
In 2018 MHYSC introduced another logo and changed its colours to black and yellow to coordinate with other notable Hamilton sports teams.