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Ian Gordona became the second assistant coach hired under Chaka Daley on Aug. 17, 2012, joining Tommy McMenemy as an assistant coach on the staff.
Gordona spent the past four-plus years as a recruiting liaison and academy coach with the MLS's Columbus Crew Youth Development Program. He scouted and coached the top professional prospects in the United States. In addition, he was responsible for recruiting, training and developing student-athletes and was in continuous contact with the players and their families about their future endeavors. He contacted and connected with collegiate programs throughout the U.S. for recruiting purposes.
Gordona lived in Connecticut for five years after graduating from Ohio State in June of 2003 with a bachelor's degree in history. He held two positions in the soccer industry during his time in Connecticut, working as an activities coordinator/head coach with the Oakwood Soccer Club (2003-08) and holding an assistant coaching position at Manchester Community College (2004-08).
At Oakwood, Gordona organized tournaments for more than 200 teams and was responsible for recruiting, training and caring for 300 premier soccer players. He coached the boys U-11 and U-18 academy teams at the club.
Gordona was an assistant coach at Manchester for three-plus years, participating in all phases of coaching, training, recruiting and management of the soccer program. The Cougars reached the NationalJunior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Men's Soccer Tournament quarterfinals three straight seasons while Gordona was with the program. He earned the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association's Thomas E. Krusewski Memorial Award in 2007 as the top young soccer coach in the state of Connecticut.
Gordona has a USSF National C License. He has coached 107 All-Americans, 58 Youth National Team players, 24 professionals and six National Players of the Year and won four national championships in 10 years.
A Rocky Hill, Conn., native, Gordona was inducted into the Rocky Hill Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition, he is a published writer and poet, and was a 2003 USA Today national essay contest winner.
He and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Gordona, own a dental practice in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
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