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Harry Fitzsimmons

Head Coach

Bio

Harry Fitzsimons was born and raised in Belfast Ireland, where he developed a love of soccer, (called football in Ireland). He came to Canada in his late childhood, where he began playing and coaching his favorite sport. Fitzsimons has been coaching Men’s soccer at John Abbott for the past two years, and has also been the assistant coach on the Women’s Islanders team. He has also coached soccer at Trois Lacs, Lakeshore, Pierrefonds and Verdun, totaling 32 years in all! He currently holds a DEP license and when Covid dies down, he will continue to pursue more coaching certifications. He is also currently a member of the Trois Lacs Technical team, responsible for boys’ soccer aged 11-14. Harry Fitzsimons has been considered to be a “player’s coach”. He works very hard to relate to each and every one of his players. He treats them all with respect, realizing the importance of developing the whole person. This includes; skills relevant for winning soccer matches, a competitive spirit and most importantly, good sportsmanship and citizenship. Wherever Harry goes, there is inevitably a former player who will stop and reminisce with him. Harry has been married to his wife Hardinge for 22 years and they have two children, Tiernan 19, and Daclan 16, both of whom have been kicking a soccer ball since they were able to walk. Tiernan was on the Abbott Men’s D-1 soccer team in 2018 and 2019, and won the Rookie of the Year in 2018. Daclan is planning to attend John Abbott next year and is also hoping to follow in his brother’s footsteps to be an Islander!