In a press release released today, Algoma University announced that Sam Medaglia will be the new head coach of the men’s soccer team.

Medaglia brings over 36 years of experience to the role and has trained at the high school, club and university levels.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to continue training with the Algoma Thunderbirds at university level,” he said in the press release. “I am confident that I can share what I know about the beautiful football game that will help our student-athletes grow as players and thus improve our team success both on the pitch and in the classroom.”

The full text of the Algoma University press release follows:

Algoma University’s Thunderbirds Varsity Athletics Program is proud to announce the appointment of Sam Medaglia as the new head coach of the men’s soccer team. Trainer Medaglia will be taking over a program that has been participating in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) since 2014.

Coach Medaglia brings more than 36 years of coaching experience at various levels to his new role. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Medaglia coach, is well known in the local football community. He received his Provincial B Coaching Certificate in 2014 and is currently working on completing his National B License.

“While Sam is no stranger to the Thunderbirds Soccer Program, we are delighted to welcome him to the Thunderbirds Varsity family,” said Dave Trudelle, Director of Student Experience. “Coach Medaglia has helped grow the sport of football in Sault Ste. Marie, including serving as head coach or assistant coach on our women’s and men’s football teams over the years. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience in player development with who will do this. ” Help our student-athletes grow and be successful. Having a head coach with their skills is very important for the Thunderbirds as we have our strong community connections within Sault Ste. Marie and abroad. “

Trainer Medaglia has trained at the high school, club and university level. He coached the SASA Civics Girls team and assisted Northern Ontario’s regional soccer program from 2006 to 2010. As the coach of the girls’ teams at St. Basil’s High School, he has won both city and NOSSA championships. From 2015 to 2017, he was also the technical director of the Sault Civics program. His coaching experience at Algoma University includes working as assistant coach of the men’s team from 2012 to 2014, as head coach of the women’s team from 2014 to 2017 and as interim coach of the men’s team from June 2020 to February 2021.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to continue to train with the Algoma Thunderbirds at university level,” said coach Medaglia. “I am confident that I can share what I know about the beautiful football game that will help our student-athletes grow as players and thus improve our team success both on the pitch and in the classroom.”

Coach Medaglia will take up his new role on April 1st, 2021. For more information on the Thunderbirds’ athletics division at Algoma University, click here.