ETOBICOKE, ON: After twenty-three years behind the bench of the highly successful Humber Hawks women's outdoor and indoor soccer programs, Vince Pileggi announced his retirement from the Hawks coaching staff.
Vince, along with co-head coach Mauro Ongaro has been the only coaches the team have ever known, as the two of them took the reins of the program that started in 1996. The pair were recruited by Hawks former Athletic Director Doug Fox, after completing exceptional careers as players for the York University men's soccer squad.
On the outdoor pitch, the Humber Hawks recorded an overall mark of 213-49-27, checking in with a winning percentage of .737. Their regular season totals were even more impressive, by way of their .852 winning percentage (156-16-27).
Humber was a frequent visitor to the OCAA podium, amassing seventeen medals, with being crowned champions on seven occasions (seven gold, six silver, four bronze). On the national stage, the team won three CCAA bronze medals.
Indoors, the team leads the all-time OCAA gold medal count with ten titles, including the current run of three straight crowns. Overall, they have sixteen indoor medals, adding four silver and two bronze to their ten gold medals.
Vince reached out to the Humber community with the following message;
"After twenty-three years as a coach at Humber College, it is time to say goodbye and close a chapter of my life. I want to thank all the players, coaches and staff that I have worked with over the years. It has been an honour and a privilege to be a member of arguably the best college in the country. The last twenty-three years have been wonderful and has been a great experience. I have enjoyed the opportunity to coach the women's soccer team. I will always be grateful to the Hawk Family for teaching me so much about soccer and life."
Vince is a member of the Humber Varsity Sports Hall of Fame, as he was inducted in 2012.
He will be missed, but his legacy and impact on his players and the Humber community will never waver.