2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Bios

 

Chris Shea

Chris Shea - 2017 Hall of Fame InducteeChris Shea was born and raised in Montreal. He is a graduate of Concordia University. He worked in  Information Technology as a Programmer, Project Manager and Line Manager. In 1978, he was transferred to Toronto and initially lived in Scarborough. He moved to Markham in 1985. 

Chris discovered the Markham Youth Soccer Club in 1986 when he registered his older son to play in the U6 Division. A year later he registered his younger son and volunteered to coach. Before the start of the season, he attended a Club meeting and he was asked to fill the vacant Boys House League Director position. He agreed and thus began a very long tenure on the MSC Board. Later that year he was elected as the Vice-President and a year after that, he was elected as the President.

In collaboration of other dedicated members of the Board, Chris led a series of pioneering changes in the Club. This started with the merger of the Senior and Youth Clubs to form the Markham Soccer Club. Other changes included: the introduction of Micro Soccer; programs for U4 and U5 age groups; a program for mentally and physically challenged players (likely the first such program in Ontario); hiring of full-time Administrative staff; automation of Club operations; implementation of a Head Coach position and Technical Staff to support the coaches; training  and certification programs for Competitive and House League coaches; strengthening of the Competitive Program; and, the addition of senior Competitive teams. Most of these are now business as normal for Clubs but at the time, they were not common at all.

After becoming the MSC President, Chris was also elected to the York Region Soccer Association Board. He was one of the longest serving YRSA Board Members. He also served on a number of Ontario Soccer Association Committees. In 2013, Chris was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for his contribution to the Markham Community.

 

Peter Pinizzotto

Peter Pimizzotto - 2017 Hall of Fame InducteePeter Pinizzotto was born in Italy and at the age of 9 moved to Bienne, Switzerland with his family. There he joined a soccer academy with USBB club in Bienne. At 17 he was called to play with the first team.  Soon after in 1968 he moved to Canada. For many years he played on competitive teams as well in the old National Soccer League (NSL) with the Hamilton Italo – Canadians.

In 1991 – 1992 Peter started coaching in Woodbridge and in 1992 took the team to a CNSL playoff Championship and then in 1994 and 1996 went to coach Toronto Italia, where in his first season he led the team to a League Championship, Playoff Championship, and was well were finalists in the Cup Championship. He was named Canadian National Soccer League's Coach of the Year. After a year off from coaching he returned to Italia, to again lead the team to a League Championship, Playoff Championship, and runners up to the Cup Championship. As well he was named Coach of the Year for the second time.

In 1997 Toronto Lynx new franchise, playing in the A-League hired Peter as their head coach. He helped the Lynx set a League record of 10 consecutive wins in their first season, helping the team make the playoffs. In 1999, he was named as well the new technical consultant of the Lynx. In the 2000 season the team went on a seven game undefeated streak, helping the team reach the playoffs and making it all the way to the Conference Final.

After 7 years with the Toronto Lynx, in 2004 he accepted the position of assistant coach for the Montreal Impact. In his first season he helped the team win the League Championship, regular season title, and as well the Voyageurs Cup. In 2005, he helped the team set several records, a league-record 15 game undefeated streak and total of only three losses, as well as a club-record nine-game undefeated stretch on the road. As well as another regular-season title, and Voyageurs Cup. In 2006, he helped the team to its best start ever at home, with a 10-game undefeated streak at Claude-Robillard Sports Complex winning another regular season title and Voyageurs Cup.

After 14 years of working at the professional level Peter joined the Woodbridge SC as Technical Director. For the past 10 years with the club Peter has enjoyed working with the youth and has implemented a training curriculum program as well as supporting coaches to achieve higher coaching certifications in order to provide better training at the grassroots and competitive levels, and to give players an opportunity to reach their dreams, either at Pro level, Provincial, National or Scholarship (Education).

The Pinizzotto family has been living in Woodbridge for the past 35 years and Peter is very proud to be able to work for an important club like Woodbridge SC and to be part of a great community.