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Guelph Union Give Gaffer Gig to Ribeiro

By on December 11, 2023 0 1059 Views

League1 Ontario side Guelph Union revealed today that, in wake of the departure of women’s head coach Ivan Joseph, the mantel will now be taken up by Randy Ribeiro of Trent University and Electric City FC fame.

Announced Monday, Ribeiro will be filling the Gaffer role for 2024 and beyond as the club enters the L1O Premier Women’s Division, afforded to them by two strong, mid-table seasons in 2022 and 2023.

Speaking on the matter, Guelph GM Keith Mason praised Ribeiro’s resume and abilities. “We’re very excited to have someone with Randy’s experience join our women’s program. We really think he can help us build the program to the levels that match our ambitions.”

Guelph United posted this graphic on social media to announce Ribeiro’s hiring.

Ribeiro joins Guelph United after a rollercoaster of a career in League1 Ontario. He initially had found success within the FC London structure as the assistant coach for their women’s team and head coach for their reserve side. Building a his reputation with London, he would be promoted to head coach of both men’s and women’s squads of the newly-established Electric City FC in February of 2022 .

Despite leading his two teams to positive records with a combined record of 19W-12L-10D and 18W-14L-5D with the men and women respectively, his teams never qualified for the post-season, leading to his unceremonious and controversial firing earlier this year by ECFC owner Greg Couch.

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Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl

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Tasked with leading the Guelph Union into 2024, not only will eyes be on him to bring the Union to their first playoffs since joining L1O in 2021, but he will also be in charge of building a roster strong enough to avoid relegation in a challenging and talented Women’s Premier Division.

Said Ribeiro, “I’m really excited … and after speaking with Keith and the club, and understanding what the goals and visions are, I’m really excited to have a part to play in getting them to where they want to be.”

Guelph United’s women’s side will be play their 2024 season in the top flight of League1 Ontario, a part of the league’s new structure that features a promotion and relegation system between the Premiership, Championship, and League2 tiers. The Premier Division will feature the top 10 teams in the province, which will play an 18-match regular season.

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