Head Coach: Roger Cantello
Coach Roger Cantello brings a wealth of experience to the soccer program at Avon Old Farms. A licensed United States Soccer Federation coach, he has coached at many youth and adult levels in the game throughout his career in the United Kingdom and USA.
Cantello has a successful track record as Head Coach of Portland High School Boys’ Soccer in Maine, Southern Maine United premier teams, and the Simsbury Soccer Club in Connecticut, achieving several championship and tournament wins throughout New England. Most recently, he was Varsity Coach at the Ethel Walker School.
In the UK, Coach Cantello represented Hampton School, captained Richmond Borough Schools, the county of Surrey, and played for the youth team of Southampton FC. He went on to play at semi-professional level and captained the University of Exeter before representing many other adult teams in a distinguished playing career. In the USA, he was a Southern Maine All-Star and now plays for fun in adult leagues in the Farmington Valley.
Coach Cantello’s philosophy for the Avon Old Farms soccer program will focus on the development of technical soccer skills, physical fitness, tactical awareness, and teamwork to win games, but emphasis will also be placed on good sportsmanship, building team spirit, and the sheer fun of playing the game.
This will be his first year at Avon Old Farms where he is a member of the Department of English and his son is in the Class of 2017.
Assistant Coach: Brian Cugell
Brian grew up in Madison, Connecticut and attended Daniel Hand High School. Graduating in 2000, Brian matriculated to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, earning a BA in English and Spanish in 2004. Brian is a graduate of Wesleyan University’s Master of Arts and Liberal Studies program (History) in 2009.
Appointed to AOF in 2004, Brian currently teaches Western Civ as well as Early US History. In years past, he has taught US History, Ancient History as well as multiple sections in the foreign language department. Athletically, he will help with the varsity soccer program this fall. Brian runs Brown House Dormitory, where he lives with his wife, Morgan, Associate Director of Communications and Editor of The Avonian. Brian and Morgan have a young daughter, Emma.