Citing Personal Circumstances, Marcoccia Departs ECFC
The head coach was expected to simultaneously lead both the men’s and women’s Electric City FC squads though their first season of action, with Randy Ribeiro now stepping into head coach duties on an interim basis.
Marcoccia arrived to Peterborough this November as a top League1 Ontario coach, having won three League1 Ontario championships, five regular season titles, and one League1 Ontario Cup.
The three-time League1 Ontario Coach of the Year had accomplished the feats with FC London, where he began coaching the women’s team in 2016 before adding men’s team action to his duties in 2018. He departs with a 100-14-28 overall record, with his final year in London seeing the men’s team finish third and the women’s reach the semi-finals.
Marcoccia had also simultaneously led the Fanshaw College Falcons Women’s team to three OCAA Provincial titles, and was selected to coach the League1 Ontario All-Stars three times. Interim head coach Randy Ribero had worked alongside Marcoccia, and is expected to return to his duties as first team coach on the women’s side and the assistant coach of the men’s once a replacement is found.
Electric City FC stated that it a search to find Marcoccia’s successor is now underway, with a replacement expecting to be announced in the coming weeks.
This month has seen the club name its first player signings, with the capture of Zachary Ellis-Hayden sending waves through the league.
The ambitious League1 Ontario team aspires to secure itself a future as a Canadian Premier League franchise in the next few years, with a strong and locally-focused ownership group already putting plans in place for a soccer-specific stadium.
The 2022 League1 Ontario season will be be the first test for the Peterborough-based side, though Marcoccia’s departure shows that curveballs can come well before the first touch is taken on the pitch.
We wish Michael Marcoccia all the best during these unforeseen personal circumstances.