Perri’s soccer success lands him Mac coaching job

McMaster’s soccer Marauders are looking to a successful “high school graduate” to bring his winning formula to the Ontario University Athletics level.

Dino Perri, who coached the St. Thomas More Knights to eight consecutive appearances in the city high school soccer championship, takes over as head coach of the Marauders’ men’s team. He replaces Tom Casey, who moved into the director of community relations role for both McMaster’s men’s and women’s soccer programs.

Perri has been a physical education teacher at More for the past 10 years. While at the school his soccer teams won five city titles. His teams have advanced to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships on three occasions and advanced to the quarter-finals on every occasion including a bronze medal performance in 2006.

Perri was also head coach of St. Catharines Roma, a semi-professional team playing the Canadian Professional Soccer league. In his first season as coach, Roma earned the Triple-Crown, winning all three of the available championships.

As a goalkeeper, Perri played in the CPSL for 16 years with the Hamilton Steelers and Roma and was named a league all-star six times.

Perri represented Ontario at the National Championships two times, coming away with victories on both occasions. He is a graduate of Brock University, where he was twice recognized as an OUA all-star.

The McMaster men’s soccer team begins training camp in late August and play its first league game on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. in the new Ron Joyce stadium.