The Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer Club’s Technical Directors provide the leadership and direction to develop and execute our technical program strategy. The Technical Directors role must be staffed by a capable, knowledgeable and respected leaders in the soccer community who will oversee the implementation of our Long Term Player Development (LTPD) plans.
UEFA B License - Italy 2002
UEFA A License - Italy 2004
Canadian National B License
Championship promotion from Serie B to Serie A - Ascoli Calcio
Christian has been the Head Technical Director for the Saltfleet Soccer Club for the last 5 years. He brings an impressive 25+ years as a professional soccer player, 10+ years coaching experience including UEFA and National Licenses and a deep family history within the Stoney Creek soccer community.
His father Joe Giovannini, who reached the Ascoli Calcio Primavera team during his early ages in Italy, was a player and coach for the Saltfleet Soccer Club from 1968 to 1976 and served on the Board of Directors until he was elected President of the Club in 1980.
Christian’s journey with Saltfleet began at the age four and continued until age of sixteen when his family moved to Ascoli Piceno, Marche Italy where he was scouted by the A.S. Ascoli Calcio team. He was picked to play on the Under 16 “Berretti” Team and advanced to the Under 18 “Primavera” Team. He was rewarded by making the first Team in Serie A, where his adventures in Professional Soccer Player kicked off. Christian was also chosen to play on the Italian National Military Team during his Military service in Rome at the Cecchignola Compagnia Atleti with the 47th “Bersglieiri Salento” Infantry. During his career in Italy, he was also asked to represent Canada during the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. His soccer career and experience continued for many years after playing in: Serie A, Serie B, Serie C1, Serie C2, Serie D, and many seasons in semi-professional leagues around Italy.
Christian lives in Grimsby with his wife and three sons, and is currently employed as a Volunteer Firefighter. He still actively enjoys playing the game of soccer and assists with coaching his three sons who play for Saltfleet Stoney Soccer Club Teams.
“I’m honored to continue my role as Technical Director for the Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer Club. I take great pride in helping to develop our club, coaches and players to achieve their highest potential. My main focus is to implement long term player development starting at the early ages and to work with our qualified coaching staff to continually enhance our training strategies which will better develop our players for the future.”
Provincial B License
Billy has been the Head Coach and Technical Director for the Stoney Creek Soccer Club for the last 3 years. With over 30 years of experience as a player and coach, he brings a long history and passion in the sport of soccer to the Club. He played semi-professional in the United Kingdom (UK) before coming to Canada in 1973 where he’s lived for 42 years. He also played in the National Soccer League (NSL) and the T&D Premier Leagues before catching the “coaching bug” – moving toward the development side of his soccer career.
As summary of Billy’s experience as Head Coach/Technical Director:
- Bolton Soccer Club with the Bolton Wanderers
- North Oakville Soccer Club
- Oakville Soccer Club
- Hamilton Lady Avalanche (OWSL)
Some notable Coaching Achievements:
- 1996 National Champions U16 Boys (Provincial)
- 1997 National Championship runner up U18 Girls (Provincial)
- 1999 Florida Orange Classic Winners U18 Girls (Bolton Wanderers)
- 2000-2001 OYSL Coach of the Year (Oakville Soccer Club)
- 2002 National Champions – Oakville Senior Women (OWSL)
- 2006 Florida Orange Classic Winners U16 Girls (Bolton Wanderers)
- 2014 National Champions U14 Girls (Stoney Creek Soccer Club)
Billy lives in Burlington with his wife Helen and daughter Kirsty. He also has a son Shaun who lives in Tokyo and works as a journalist. Aside from his work as a Technical Director, Billy still actively enjoys playing the game of soccer and is actively engaged in the coaching/player development side.
“After many years playing and coaching soccer, I truly still have a great passion for the game – especially in the youth development age groups. My focus is to help make the new SSC the best environment for players to learn in a fun and supportive environment.”