First Team Staff

Greg Vanney - Head Coach

Greg Vanney originally joined Toronto FC on December 11, 2013 as the club’s Assistant General Manager and Academy Director. Vanney holds a USSF “A” Coaching License and has been involved with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He is also currently taking part in the Elite Formation Coaching Licence program, a development course partnered by Major League Soccer (MLS) and the French Football Federation.

"I’m very honoured to be named head coach of Toronto FC and I am looking forward to working with an exceptional group of players,” said Toronto FC Head Coach Greg Vanney. “This is a time for all of us to come together and achieve our goal of making the playoffs for the first time in club history. We’re in a good position in the standings. I know the players in our room believe in each other and we are looking forward to a positive response on Wednesday"

Vanney previously held titles of Director of Soccer Operations and Director of Real Salt Lake-Arizona Youth Academy at Grande Sports World. It was there that he oversaw program and business development at the Grande Sports World facility. Vanney, Grande Sports World, and Real Salt Lake were responsible for creation of the first MLS Residential Academy in the United States, which began play in the Fall of 2010. Vanney also held a dual role at Chivas USA from 2011-2012 as assistant coach under Robin Fraser and technical director of the youth academy.

Vanney played professionally for 13 years, starting with the LA Galaxy in 1996. During his time with the Galaxy, Vanney helped lead the club to three MLS Cup championship finals, one Supporter's Shield, a US Open Cup Championship and a CONCACAF Champions Cup title. He was named to the MLS Best XI in 2000 and 2001. Following the 2001 season, Vanney transferred to SC Bastia, of France’s Ligue 1, where he remained until 2005 helping the club reach the Coup de France Final in 2002. He re-joined MLS, signing with FC Dallas and spent two seasons with the Hoops; where he earned two All-Star selections, captaining the 2005 team to a 4-0 victory over Fulham. Vanney was traded to the Colorado Rapids in January 2007, and then to D.C. United later that same season. Vanney re-joined the LA Galaxy in February 2008 and retired at the conclusion of the season. During his playing career, Vanney earned 36 caps and scored one goal for the United States Men’s National team. Vanney was added to the U.S. 2002 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad, but missed the tournament due to injury and was also part of the U.S. side that won the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Jason Bent - Assistant Coach

Bent, 37, is currently in his fourth season as an assistant coach for Toronto FC. Bent joined the first team ahead of the 2011 season, after spending the previous three seasons in the Academy. Bent holds both his USSF National “A” Licence and a UEFA B Level 2 Licence. A native of Brampton, Ontario, Bent is a local coach who brings a wealth of experience having played internationally and within Major League Soccer. He went to the University of Maryland prior to joining the Colorado Rapids. Bent spent three seasons with the Rapids appearing in over 50 matches and was part of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup finals squad in 1999. His last professional club was Plymouth Argyle in England where he played three seasons. Bent helped Plymouth win the Division Three Championship in 2001-02, and the Division Two Championship in 2003-04. In addition to his club football career, Bent earned 32 caps for the Canadian National Team.

 

Nick Theslof - Assistant Coach

Theslof, 38, joins Toronto FC’s First Team as an assistant coach. Theslof came on board at the start of 2014 as the Kia Toronto FC Academy U14 head coach. He brings both an extensive playing and coaching background to the First Team. Theslof was a scout for the German National team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Theslof went on to become assistant coach and scout for FC Bayern München in 2008. Following his time at Bayern München, Theslof joined Chivas USA as the club’s technical director and assistant coach ahead of the 2010 MLS Season. Theslof coaching career began at Ohio Wesleyan University as an assistant coach, where he won the NCAA Division III National Title in 1998. Theslof holds a USSF A coaching license.

Dan Calichman - Assistant Coach

Calichman, 46, was recently hired as an assistant coach for the First Team. Prior to joining Toronto FC, Calichman held a position as the head coach of the men's soccer team at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California (2004-2014). He has coached in the USSDA U18 division for LAFC, Cosmos West and Chivas USA Academy. Calichman’s professional soccer career spans 12 years. He joined the LA Galaxy in 1996 and was captain of the team for three seasons, earning All-Star recognition in his first season. Following his time with the Galaxy, Calichman played for the San Jose Earthquakes and the New England Revolution. He played for the United States National Team from 1997-98 and was the first American player to play in the J-League, Japan’s professional soccer league. Calichman graduated from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in history, where he was captain of the college’s Division III soccer and lacrosse teams. He holds a USSF A coaching license

Jon Conway - Goalkeeper Coach

Conway, 37, joins Toronto FC as the First Team’s goalkeeping coach after spending the previous two seasons as the goalkeeper head coach with the Kia Toronto FC Academy. Prior to joining the Academy, Conway had a successful career in MLS that began with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2000. In five seasons with the Earthquakes, Conway was part of two MLS Cup Championship teams. Conway was traded to the New York MetroStars who eventually became the Red Bulls and remained with the club for four seasons. He’d later join Chivas USA (2009), Toronto FC (2010) and the Chicago Fire (2011). Conway retired as a player at the conclusion of the 2011 season. Conway spent time as the director of goalkeeping for the Mustang Soccer Club from 2004-2005. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach for St. Peter’s College, where he was part of the school’s first ever at large bid into the NCAA Division I tournament. Conway holds a NSCAA Goalkeeping Level II coaching certification. 

Jim Liston - Director, Sport Science 

Liston, 50, joins the Toronto FC First Team as the Director, Sport Science. Prior to joining the First Team, he worked with the Kia Toronto FC Academy. Liston brings a highly distinguished work history that involves time as strength and conditioning coach with three MLS clubs, LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew and Chivas USA. He is also the founder and president of CATZ (Competitive Athlete Training Zone) where he developed an entire curriculum and coaches training program. Liston is launching a new department within Toronto FC as he focuses on sport science innovation and helping athletes reach their highest potential.

Michael Rabasca - Director, Cognitive Development

Rabasca, 45, joins the First Team as the Director, Cognitive Development. He came on board with Toronto FC for the start of the 2014 Academy season. Prior to joining Toronto FC, Rabasca was a highly successful academy coach with stints at multiple clubs including RSLAZ Academy. Rabasca also worked with US Soccer as a scout and NSCAA as a consultant to their clubs standards project. His focus at Toronto FC is on cognitive and neuro development in athletes, which combines his work experience as an occupational therapist and his history in soccer. Rabasca’s role as director of cognitive development is the first of its kind in North America. He holds a USSF A coaching license and NSCAA Premier Diploma.

 



Dr. Ira Smith
Team Physician

Carmelo Lobue
Head Athletic Therapist

Shawn Jeffers
Assistant Athletic Therapist

Marcelo Casal
Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist

Shameer Ali
Team Chiropractor

Corey Wray
Sr. Manager, Team Operations

Ted Tieu
Team Operations

Issa Tall
Coordinator, International Scouting & Academy Coach

Mike Masaro
Coordinator, Media Relations

Anthony Cozzetto
Media Relations Assistant

Leslie Williamson
Executive Assistant

 

Sacha De Almeida
Assistant Equipment Manager