Martin Painter - Men's Soccer's Next Chapter
After 20 years of managing the men's soccer program for the Western Mustangs, Rock Basacco is passing the reigns to one of his former players: Martin Painter. Painter has been the coach of the Mustangs' women's soccer program for the last six years. In that time, he's racked up three trips to nationals, while collecting two OUA silver medals, and one bronze. The 2013 OUA, and Usports Coach of the Year took over the Western women's program after a lengthy tenure on the sidelines at Fanshawe College as the coach for the Falcon's women's team. He won an OCAA bronze medal, while also garnering coach of the year honours at the college level.
Since winning back-to-back national championships under Basacco in 1998 and 1999, Painter has been thoroughly involved in soccer in Ontario. In addition to his roles with Western, he also coaches FC London's U-21 team, and scouts for Toronto FC in the MLS. He also works for the KW United FC who are a part of the Premier Development league (PDL).
It's becoming more common for a single coach to take the helm of both programs, as Mike Marcoccia does for both FC London U-21 squads. It was that dynamic which he proposed to the University, and his plan was obviously enticing as he is now in charge of both programs.
Painter is taking over a program that has enjoyed marginal success, as the men's team has made the playoffs consistently, but have failed to advance very far. He's looking to strengthen the men's team so they can compete in the very tough OUA West division, which features three teams who are consistently in the Usports top 10 (McMaster, Guelph, Ryerson).
His term will officially start on August 24th, before the teams start their seasons on the 31st at home against the McMaster Marauders.