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Simcoe County Rovers Remove Zico As Head Coach, Doneil Henry To Help New Technical Staff

By on June 10, 2024 0 1058 Views

After a tough start to the season, the reigning League1 Ontario men’s champions are parting ways with head coach Zak ‘Zico’ Mahrady and his assistant Arta Mohasses.

The Rovers had finished second-place last season before winning the playoff championship. This year’s follow-up campaign has proven a tall order despite a largely unchanged roster, however, with the team now resting tenth place with picking up just five points in seven games.

The new technical staff roster will see Sporting Director Doneil Henry oversee interim head coach Zack Wilson, assistant Carli Tingstad, and advisor Victor Oppong on the sidelines as the League1 Ontario club seeks to restore itself at the north end of the table. While the role is interim, it is also described as ‘for the duration of the season’.

Continuing on with the technical staff are team manager Derek Boakye-Yiadom, goalkeeper coach Paul Smith, fitness coach and athletic therapist Milad Mohib, equipment manager Kwabena Owsusu.

“I’d like to thank Coach Zico and Arta for the commitment to the Rovers and we extend our best wishes in their next steps,” adds Simcoe County Rovers CEO Peter Raco.

Simcoe County Rovers Zak Mahrady
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“Now moving forward it’s about keeping things light, fresh, and simple within the group,” says Doneil Henry regarding the changes. He states he’ll be challenging the group to dig deep and increase intensity levels in training, and given that Canada brought the defender to Qatar as a locker room presence when he was too injured to play, one imagines Henry can spark good motivation for the League1 Ontario team.

Interim head coach Zack Wilson assists Carli Tingstad with the women’s team and coaches at Ontario Tech University, with the interim post expected to be a big opportunity for the former North York Cosmos technical director. He holds a CSA B license.

The semi-professional side got to face Toronto FC in this year’s iteration of the Canadian Championship, ultimately succumbing to a five-nil loss at BMO Field. While the team has bolstered itself with some high-profile additions and embarked on a lengthy preseason, the results simply didn’t come – and that’s something the defending champions are moving quickly to rectify.

Halifax Wanderers Doneil Henry
Photo Credit: James Bennett / Halifax Wanderers

Henry’s playing career came to a close with the Halifax Wanderers last season, though the veteran defender is most-known for his 44 appearances for the Canadian men’s national team and large career stints with Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Suwon Samsung Bluewings, though his career has taken him elsewhere, too.

The 31-year-old joined the Simcoe County Rovers ownership group back in December 2021. That group features several Canadian national team members like Atiba Hutchinson, Cyle Larin, Janine Beckie, and Julian de Guzman. After de Guzman took the sporting director post at the New York Red Bells four months ago, Doneil Henry is now taking on a larger role with the Barrie-based team.

Who will become the club’s permanent head coach – their third after Jason Beckford and Zico – remains to be seen. For now, the team is banking that Doneil Henry can help guide the technical staff through a significant turn of results as the 2024 League1 Ontario season unfolds.

The Simcoe County Rovers will return to action Saturday, June 15 to face ProStars FC at home.

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