(GREATER SUDBURY, ON) The Sudbury Cyclones Soccer Club are extremely pleased to unveil the official brand and announce that Giuseppe Politi has been named as the First-Team’s Head Coach with Evan Phillips as Assistant Coach ahead of the inaugural seasons. Additionally, midfielder Michael Marcantognini and winger Jack Collins have committed to the club.

Giuseppe Politi, born and raised in Sudbury, possesses “A” license coaching qualifications in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Currently, as a Chartered Professional Coach (Ch PC), Giuseppe fulfills a variety of roles in the Northern Ontario soccer community. Politi is the Technical Director of the Greater Sudbury Soccer Club, a Technical Consultant at Nipissing District Soccer Club, and a Coaching Educator at governing-body Ontario Soccer. In the past, he was head coach for both Cambrian College men’s and women’s teams for 10 seasons, along with St. Benedict CSS Boys Soccer teams achieving record results in all tenures.

“As we enter into a new landscape in the League2 Ontario circuit, Giuseppe Politi is the candidate that has the qualifications, experience and undoubtedly the professionalism to lead this soccer team into uncharted territory,” said Sudbury Cyclones General Manager Dayna Corelli. “Politi is a trailblazer of the sport across Northern Ontario, a life-long learner of the game, and a results-driven maestro. It is with great delight that we entrust Giuseppe Politi with leading a group of talented young men into our inaugural season.”

Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Evan Phillips stands as a distinguished figure in soccer coaching, with a Canada Soccer National “B” License and provincial certification as a Goalkeeper Coach. With over a decade of coaching experience, Evan has left a mark on the soccer community in Sudbury, contributing to Cambrian College Soccer Programming, the Greater Sudbury Soccer Club, and most recently Laurentian University Men’s Varsity Soccer Program. Phillips has showcased his dedication to creating a formidable Men’s First-Team in the Cyclones Organization. As a key figure in player recruitment, Evan connects with talented players across the province and leads them on a journey of excellence in soccer development.

“Phillips has demonstrated his soccer prowess by both playing in League1 Ontario in Toronto and by his proven coaching record in Sudbury,” said Sudbury Cyclones General Manager Dayna Corelli. “Phillips, as a specialized goalkeeper coach and a seasoned team coach with Cambrian College and the Greater Sudbury Soccer Club, brings complementary skill sets to Politi. We are excited to welcome Phillip’s unparalleled passion and player-centered commitment into the Cyclones organization.”

Michael Marcantognini a 27-year-old, Sudbury native is a skilled midfielder who will add dynamic to the club. Michael has illuminated the local men’s soccer scene for over a decade. He was a key figure in the Toronto FC academy and Team Ontario. Recruited to Michigan State University, Michael played in 67 games over his four-year career with the Michigan State Spartans. Now, Michael returns to Sudbury, bringing his talents and experience to the Cyclones. As a hometown athlete, his signing symbolizes the club’s commitment to promoting local excellence. The Sudbury Cyclones welcome Michael Marcantognini.

“Michael is an extremely talented local player who deserves to shine in his local community,” said Sudbury Cyclones Sporting Director Connor Vande Weghe. “With this being the inaugural season for the Cyclones, he finally has the opportunity to do so. We are excited to have Michael sign with us and his addition instantly elevates our team. We are looking forward to having the hometown support as Marcantognini and the Cyclones compete with top-level talent from across the province.”

Jack Collins is a skillful and versatile attacker with his soccer roots in Ottawa, Ontario, and his youth soccer journey with the Ottawa Fury set the stage for soccer career. During his time at Nipissing University, Collins was named Rookie of the Year, Team MVP, and OUA All-Star the impressive OUA career included 45 games played and 32 points. Collins brings valuable League 1 experience, playing for the Electric City Team in Peterborough, Ontario. The Sudbury Cyclones are excited about the prospect of adding such a seasoned player to the roster.

“Collins is the embodiment of the values we aim to instill in the Sudbury Cyclones,” said Sudbury Cyclones Assistant Coach Evan Phillips. “We’re thrilled not only to welcome him as a player but to have Collins actively engaged in our local community, serving as a role model and mentor for the next generation. With a track record of success in various teams and programs across the province, Jack brings a winning culture and leadership that will undoubtedly contribute to the growth and success of the Sudbury Cyclones.”

The Sudbury Cyclones will be kicking off the season at home in May. Further details regarding tickets and schedule will become available at a later date.

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