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.
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 in the history department (AP US, US History). Athletically, he works with the varsity soccer team in the fall and has also helped with various levels of the basketball and tennis programs in the winter and spring, respectively. 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 two daughters, Emma and Maren.
Keith was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended Western Reserve Academy. During his high school career, Keith was on the varsity lacrosse team for four years and the varsity soccer team for three years. He was a captain in both sports his senior year. He was also a member of many of clubs including student council and the green key society, and was president of the fly fishing club.
Keith continued his studies at Robert Morris University where he earned his degree in mathematics. In addition to his studies, Keith played lacrosse for four years, as well as coached a local lacrosse team. Keith earned all-rookie team honors during his first year at Robert Morris in the CAA Conference.
Keith now lives in the Elephant Dormitory at Avon; he serves as the dorm master of Elephant 3 and serves as an academic advisor for multiple students at school. He has worked in the same dorm each year since he was hired. He also is the head of the Frisbee club and the fly fishing club.
At Avon, Keith has taught geometry, algebra 2, algebra 2 honors, advanced math, and pre-calc. Currently he is teaching pre-calc and advanced math. He is also a varsity soccer and lacrosse coach and coaches basketball or the conditioning team in the winter.
In the summer, Keith coaches for different local lacrosse teams and also serves as one of Avon’s summer online class teachers. He teaches geometry and the math SAT prep course.