ST. CATHARINES, ON - The Brock University Department of Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce Lucio Ianiero as the new head coach of the Brock men's soccer program. He takes over for Bill Millar who retired after 31 seasons at the helm.
"We are so pleased to have Lucio on board as head coach of the Brock men's soccer team," said Brock Assistant Athletic Director Chris Critelli. "It is always wonderful to have one of our alum return to be a part of the program, and to have someone with such a wealth of knowledge and background in the game is fantastic. I know our student athletes and Brock Athletics will benefit with Lucio at the healm."
Ianiero played for the Hamilton Steelers in the original Canadian Soccer League and was the league's 12th best scorer with nine goals. He played two seasons in the American Professional Soccer League for the Toronto Blizzard in 1993 and Toronto Rockets in 1994. He was then a long-time member of the St. Catharines Wolves, playing for them from 1995 to his retirement in 2006. He was also named an OUA All-Star in 1992 as a member of Brock University.
Internationally, Ianiero participated in the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship and the inaugural 1989 Futsal World Cup in the Netherlands. He made his senior debut for Canada in an August 1986 Merlion Cup match against Singapore and went on to earn 17 caps, scoring two goals. His final international game was in April 1992 against China.
As a coach, Ianiero was named Canadian Professional Soccer League Coach of the Year for the 2000 season, as head coach of the St. Catharines Wolves. In 2001 he helped lead the Wolves to the league title. He was the team's player-coach from 2000 to 2006.
He coached with the St. Catharines Jets Girls Soccer Club for 13 seasons and coaches one of the provinces top 1999 girls teams with the Niagara Regional Soccer Program.
Ianeiro is currently a high school teacher at St. Catharines Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. He graduated from Brock University in 1993 with a degree in Physical Education.
Source: Brock Badgers