Charles O’Toole is a former NAIT grad from the Denturist program and played for the Ooks soccer program, winning a national championship in 1987. He has been an assistant coach with the Ooks men’s team since 2009. Charles brings an impressive coaching resume to the NAIT men’s soccer program. He has coached numerous Alberta Soccer Association teams, including the 2011 Western Summer Games champions, the 2009 Canada Games silver medalists and the 2007 U16 Provincial Team national champions. Aside from having extensive coaching experience, Charles has and continues to play the game at a high level. He currently plays with the Edmonton Victoria Masters Soccer Club and won a silver medal at the World Masters games in 2004. He played professionally with the Edmonton Brick Men in the PCL from 1986-89 and won a gold medal at the 1985 Canada Summer games, scoring the lone goal in the final. Charles is looking forward to his new challenge of keeping the NAIT Ooks at the top of the ACAC.
Since starting in a coaching position at NAIT Charles has obtained his National B Licence and has just finished his National A Licence. This is the highest soccer coaching certification in Canada. He is also currently staff coach of the FC Edmonton Academy whose first team plays in the NASL (North American Soccer League).
“I am very happy to be given the opportunity to coach the NAIT men's soccer team. I look forward to continuing to build on the program that my predecessors Jeff Paulus, Graham Wood and Stuart Brown have developed. The team has been nationally ranked on a consistent basis over the years, which is credit to these past coaches and to the dedication and talent of the players who attend NAIT. Not only does NAIT provide these athletes with an education that will carry them through life but also allows them to play soccer at a very high level. I look forward to competing in the upcoming ACAC season and to once again be a contender for a national title.”