Andrew Olivieri

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Andrew Olivieri
Personal information
Full name Andrew Olivieri
Date of birth (1981-03-27) March 27, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Montreal, Quebec
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1987–1995 Montreal-North
1995–1999 Jean-Talon Rosemont
1999–2002 Southern Connecticut
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Vermont Voltage 15 (0)
2003–2005 Montreal Impact 8 (0)
2006 Laval Dynamites 9 (0)
2007–2009 Trois-Rivières Attak 23 (0)
National team
1996 Eastern Canada U-17
2002–2003 Canada U-23 7 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2011 ARS Lac St-Louis (Technical Director)
2009 Lakers du Lac St-Louis
2007–2009 McGill University (Assistant)
2010–2011 Canada men (GK coach)
2011–2014 Canada women (Assistant)
2012–2014 Canada women U20
2016– Lanaudière
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 4, 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 4, 2016

Andrew Olivieri (born March 27, 1981) is the head coach of FC Lanaudière. A retired Canadian soccer player who played professionally as a goalkeeper for the Montreal Impact and for Canada internationally at many levels. He has since become a full-time coach and has served on various technical staffs on a Provincial, National and International level in his native country.

Married in 2011 to Marisa Fundaro and father of Luca Ronaldo Olivieri, born September 13, 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Olivieri began playing amateur soccer with his home town of Montreal-North from 1987 to 1995. At which point he took his talent to Jean-Talon Rosemont, where he played from 1995 to 1999. During that period, he was a member of the Quebec teams. During his time with Jean-Talon Rosemont he was named into the all-star team from 1996 to 1999 and was named the goalkeeper of the year in 1996 and 1998. He won numerous Canadian championships with the Quebec teams and conceded only 2 goals in five consecutive years of national championships from 1995 to 1999

Southern Connecticut Fighting Owls[edit]

From 1999 he went on to play college soccer with Southern Connecticut State University, where he was a four year starter and named into the conference and region all-star teams each year. His freshman year was the most memorable as he led SCSU to an NCAA National Championship and only the second ever perfect season recorded in NCAA history with a 20-0-0 record. To go with their 20 wins, Olivieri recorded 15 shutouts and led the nation with the best goals against average (0.25). His four year total was an impressive 45 shut-outs in 73 games.

Vermont Voltage[edit]

Between 2001 until 2003 he played for the Vermont Voltage of the PDL, with Vermont he won the PDL New England conference in 2002 and 2003.

Montreal Impact[edit]

In 2003, he was the first overall draft pick of the Montreal Impact of the USL First Division. With two goalkeepers already under contract, Olivieri signed an amateur contract which allowed him to serve as the 3rd goalkeeper while also starting between the pipes for the Vermont Voltage of the PDL for one last season. With the Impact he won the regular-season title from 2003 to 2005, and the League Championship in 2004, and the Voyageurs Cup from 2003 to 2005. But mostly played as a back-up for Greg Sutton, which led him to sign with the Laval Dynamites of the Canadian Soccer League, where helped Laval reach the playoffs but were eliminated by Toronto Croatia by a score of 1-0.

Trois-Rivières Attak[edit]

As his contract expired with the Impact, Olivieri signed with newly expansion team the Trois-Rivières Attak of the 2007 CSL season.[1] He made his debut on May 3 against Toronto Croatia, where the game resulted in a 0-0 tie. But unfortunately Oliveri sustained a leg injury and was forced to miss out the remainder of the season. Whereas the Attak claimed their first piece of silverware winning the Open Canada Cup and finishing runners-up in the National Division.

On April 24, 2008 Olivieri renewed his contract with the Attak.[2] After fully recovering from his injury Olivieri played a career high season where he helped the Attak win the National Division, and allowed the fewest goals with only 12 goals conceded in 22 games. In the playoff run he recorded two shutouts in the quarter and semi-final games against St. Catharines Wolves and Portugal FC. On October 26 during the on-field ceremony before the CSL Final game against Serbian White Eagles, Olivieri was awarded the Goalkeeper of the Year award.[3] But unfortunately the Attak were yet again defeated by the White Eagles where the game resulted in a 2-2 tie thanks to some notable heroics by Olivieri, but after extra time the game went into penalty kicks. During the kicks Olivieri saved three shots and even scored a goal, but teammate Davy Uwimana missed the final kick which resulted in 2-1 defeat on Penalty kicks.[4]

International[edit]

Between September 2003 and March 2004, he enjoyed his best moments with the Canadian National Team while taking part in Olympic Qualifying for the Athens games. As Canada's first choice goalkeeper, he helped the canucks through the preliminary rounds, beating the US Virgin Islands and El Salvador in a home and away series. The ladder requiring an exciting return leg where Canada won 1-0 to tie the aggregate score and then secured a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico through a shootout.

Although Canada did not secure a spot in the 2004 Olympic games, Olivieri shined in the final round of qualifying and was honored on the tournament all-star team. His performances earned him a call-up to the senior team earlier that year for an international friendly in Barbados where Canada won 1-0.

Coaching career[edit]

ARS Lac St-Louis (2004-2011)[edit]

In 2004, Olivieri began his coaching career while still playing for the Montreal Impact of the USL. He was hired as the assistant to the technical director for the Lac St-Louis regional soccer association. A region, which encompasses 15 clubs, 28,000 players, within the greater Montreal area. Over time, Olivieri was promoted to Technical Director and led the development of the region’s most promising players and coaches. In addition to coaching all aspects of the region’s development programs, he led the region’s flagship club in 2010, the Lac St-Louis Lakers, to the U18M national championships during the club’s last year of historical existence as Canada’s all time winningest club.

Provincial and National Teams (2005-2011)[edit]

During his time with ARS Lac St-Louis, Olivieri also served on a number of Quebec Provincial Team staff’s in a variety of technical roles from assistant to goalkeeper coach. Contributing to 3 gold medals, 2 silver and a bronze medal in the Canadian National All-Star Championships between 2005 and 2010.

In 2010-2011, Olivieri also served in a similar role for the Canadian National men’s and men’s Olympic team under Stephen Hart and Tony Fonseca.

McGill University (2007-2009)[edit]

During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Olivieri served on staff of the McGill University women’s team under head coach Marc Mounicot.

Canadian Soccer Association (2012-2014)[edit]

In January 2012, the Canadian Soccer Association officially hired Olivieri as the Women’s Excel Director for national team players between the ages of 18 and 23. In this role, Olivieri collaborated in the restructuring of the development pathway for the countries elite players. He continues in the identifying, monitoring and developing process for elite players between the ages of 18-203 while also serving as head coach of the U20 Women’s National Team and assistant coach of the Women’s National team. As a member of the Women’s Excel Program, Olivieri has led Canada during both the 2012 and 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cups in Japan and Canada respectively. He has also contributed to Canada’s Pan American Games gold medal in Guadalajara 2011 and Olympic bronze medal in London 2012.

Lanaudière[edit]

In February 2016, Olivieri was announced as the first head coach of FC Lanaudière in the PLSQ.[5]

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