Coaching Staff

Nick Theslof - Assistant Coach

Nick Theslof enters his second season as an assistant coach, after joining the first team on August 31, 2014. He began the 2014 season as the Kia Toronto FC Academy U14 head coach.

Theslof's coaching career dates back to the late 90s when he was assistant coach for Ohio Wesleyan University and won the NCAA Division 3 National title in 1998. Theslof also spent time in the Netherlands playing for the PSV Eindhoven youth squad and was a scout for the German National Team during the 2006 World Cup. Theslof went on to become assistant coach and scout for FC Bayern Munich, and then the technical director and the assistant coach for Chivas USA.

Nick holds a USSF "A" licence and brings both an extensive playing and coaching background.


Dan Calichman - Assistant Coach

Dan Calichman enters his second season as an assistant coach, he was originally hired on September 17, 2014.

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 (2004-14).  In addition, he 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 licence.


Jason Bent - Assistant Coach

Bent joined the team ahead of the 2011 season after spending the previous three seasons in the Academy.

Prior to coaching, Bent started his professional playing career in 1997 with German second division club, FSV Zwickau; where he spent one season before moving to the Colorado Rapids. He spent three seasons with Colorado 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 2001-2002, and the Division Two Championship in 2003-2004.  In addition to his club football career, Bent earned 32 caps for the Canadian National Team.

Bent holds both his USSF National "A" coaching Licence and a UEFA B Level 2 coaching Licence.


Jon Conway - Goalkeeper Coach

Jon Conway enters his second season as goalkeeping coach. He joined the first team on August 31, 2014, 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 Major League Soccer 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 

Jim Liston enters his second season as the director, sport science for Toronto FC. He joined the first team on August 31, 2014. Liston previously worked with the Kia Toronto FC Academy at the start of the 2014 season.

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, High Performance

Michael Rabasca enters his second season as Toronto FC's director, cognitive development. He joined the first team on August 31, 2014, after previously working in the Kia Toronto FC Academy at the start of the 2014 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 licence and NSCAA Premier Diploma. 


TFC II - Chris Pozniak - Assistant Coach

Chris Pozniak was hired as Toronto FC II Assistant Coach on February 1st, 2016. Prior to joining TFC II, Pozniak spent the 2015 season as the head coach of Kitchener-Waterloo United Football Club (K-W United FC) of the USL Premier Development League (PDL). With K-W United FC, Pozniak led the club to a second place finish in the Great Lakes Division (11-2-1) and captured the 2015 PDL North American Championship during the playoffs. He was also an assistant coach with the York University Lions. Pozniak holds a USSF "A" Coaching License.

Born in Kraków, Poland, Pozniak began his professional playing career with the Toronto Lynx at the age of 18, spending three seasons with the club. Following his time with the Lynx, he joined Örebro Sportklubb of the Allsvenskan in Sweden (2001-04) and later moved to FK Haugesund of the Norwegian Second division (2004-06). Pozniak signed for Toronto FC on November 22, 2006 ahead of the club's inaugural season, and spent the entire 2007 season with the Reds. On November 21, 2007 he was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes during the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft, later getting traded to Chivas USA on March 28, 2008. Pozniak moved to the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 2008 for a brief stint before returning to Europe in July 2008. He signed with Dundee Football Club of the Scottish Premiership and remained with the club for one season, before rejoining the Whitecaps for the remainder of the 2009-10 season. He spent two seasons in Norway (2010-12) with FK Haugesund and Bryne FK before retiring. Pozniak also earned 24 caps for the Canadian National team.



Medical/Player Performance



  • Dr. Ira Smith
    Team Physician
  • Dr. Tim Dwyer
    Team Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Jim Liston
    Director, Sports Science
  • Michael Rabasca
    Director, High Performance
  • Carmelo Lobue
    Head Athletic Therapist
  • Tom Williams
    Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Marcelo Casal
    Massage Therapist & Acupuncturist
  • Shohei Miyauchi
    Assistant Athletic Therapist
  • Gus Kandilas
    Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
  • Shameer Ali
    Team Chiropractor


  • Jeff Bradley
    Director, Communications
  • Mike Masaro
    Senior Manager, Communications
  • Alejandra Rueda
    Coordinator, Communications


  • Sacha De Almeida
    Manager, Equipment Operations
  • Mark Cruz
    Toronto FC Equipment Manager
  • Spencer Ure
    Equipment Assistant