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Antonio has been involved with soccer for over twenty years, both as a player and a coach.
Originally from Milford, CT, he played high school soccer at Johnathan Law High School. Antonio also played premier for the Orange Hurricanes and has played in the CSL for Newtown, Norwalk and Shelton.
As a coach, Antonio has been developing players for the past 15 years.
In 2004, he started his coaching career with Coerver Coaching in Bridgeport CT, and then on to Milford United Soccer Club. In 2006, he moved to Fairfield Warde High School where he spent 7 years as the JV and Assistant Varsity Coach for boys soccer. In 2010, Antonio helped lead Fairfield Warde to the FCIAC finals and to a quarterfinals appearance in States. During his time in Fairfield, he coached in the Travel Program for FUSA for U12-U14 boys and girls teams. Antonio was a huge part in building the Fairfield United Premier program, coaching the Fairfield Strikers and Fairfield United Football Club. The Strikers became the first team in club history to qualify for Division 1 Premier, with an entire team compiled from the same town. Fairfield United Football Club became the first Division 3 Premier team to make a semi-final appearance in the CT State Cup Tournament. Several FUFC players went onto to helping Fairfield Ludlowe win back to back FCIAC titles.
He spent 2 years as a Technical Director/Coach for Easton AYSO and 4 years coaching and developing players for CT Summer Select at the University of Bridgeport, CT.
In 2008, Antonio became the President and Co-Founder of The Connecticut Soccer Academy, focusing on Tots programs and high school soccer preseason camps.
In 2012, Antonio became Head Varsity Coach for boys soccer at Masuk High School in Monroe, CT. In his first year, he led Masuk to an SWC appearance and State Tournament appearance. He also became a Technical Coach for Monroe Soccer Club and Monroe AYSO.
Since his time at Masuk High School, he has a record of 55-41-16. He has led Masuk to 5 SWC quarterfinal appearances, 1 SWC final appearance, 2 second round State Tournament appearances and 1 quarterfinal State Tournament appearance. In 2017, Antonio led the Masuk boys soccer program to its first ever State Final appearance becoming State Finalists in Class L.
In 2013, Antonio became Director of Coaching for Monroe Soccer Club.
In 2015, Antonio founded the non-profit, 100% volunteer program Soccer Skills for Little Feet in Newtown, CT.
In 2016, Antonio became Head Regional Coach for A.C. Connecticut 02 girls and in 2017 became Head Regional Coach of A.C. Connecticut 04 boys team. He also became a Tech Coach for Apex Soccer which focuses on technical training and speed and agility training.
In 2018 Antonio founded the AV Soccer Academy training program. He also founded the Monroe Cubs training program, focusing on development for soccer players between two and four years old.
Currently Antonio continues to build and develop youth player's in the surrounding towns. He continues to grow a culture at Masuk High School as well as the AYSO and Monroe Soccer Club programs. He is a strong advocate of grassroots soccer and continues to teach young players how to love the game of soccer.
When he’s not coaching soccer, Antonio works as a paraprofessional at Fairfield Woods Middle School in Fairfield, CT working with special needs students. He resides in Sandy Hook, CT, with wife Kim and two sons Matteo and Maxwell.
Antonio holds a CT State Coaching Permit, an E Level CJSA Coaching License, NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma and NSCAA Youth Development Diploma. He is a board member of the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association and of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association and 10 year member of United Soccer Coaches and US Soccer. Certified CPR, Concussion and First Aid.